Ministers' Awards for Women in Local Government 2020

The Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government celebrate the contribution of women to local councils and their communities across NSW. In addition to recognising the significant contribution of Award winners, the Awards aim to encourage more women to enter the local government sector in NSW.

 

The following new categories of awards for both metropolitan and regional/rural councils were introduced in 2020 to better reflect contemporary approaches to gender equality and changes in the local government sector:

Employment Diversity Award – a successful council program to increase female participation in senior leadership roles or at the elected representative level

Elected Representative Award – a councillor who has advanced the position of female elected representatives

Champion of Change Award – a general manager or senior manager who has excelled in supporting and encouraging women’s participation at their council

Alternative Pathways Award – a female staff member who is the first to enter a role traditionally held by men or is breaking down gender stereotypes

Young Achiever’s Award – an outstanding trainee/apprentice (aged under 25)

Minister for Local Government Award for Women – an award chosen by the Minister to recognise and honour the dedication and tireless work by a female council staff member.

 

The winners of the 2020 Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government

The winners of the 2020 Awards were announced in a video ceremony by the Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock, Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Bronnie Taylor, and former City of Sydney councillor and social advocate Kathryn Greiner.

 

The winners are:

Alternative Pathways Award – Metro
• Sandra Kubecka, Director of Community Assets, Camden Council

Alternative Pathways Award – Regional/Rural
• Kim White, Local Emergency Management Officer, Shoalhaven City Council

Champion of Change Award – Metro
• Monica Barone, Chief Executive Officer, City of Sydney

Champion of Change Award – Regional/Rural
• Suzanne Richmond, Human Resources Manager, Tweed Shire Council

Elected Representative Award – Metro
• Cr Rachelle Harika, City of Canterbury Bankstown

Elected Representative Award – Regional/Rural
• Cr Phyllis Miller OAM, Mayor, Forbes Shire Council

Employment Diversity Award – Metro
• City of Sydney

Employment Diversity Award – Regional/Rural
• Wagga Wagga City Council

Young Achiever’s Award – Metro
• Elizabeth Pirolo, Trainee, Liverpool City Council

Young Achiever’s Award – Regional/Rural
• Annabell Hooghuis, Apprentice Nursery Officer Landcare, Lake Macquarie City Council

Minister for Local Government Award for Women
• Cr Lilliane Brady OAM, Mayor, Cobar Shire Council

The winners of the 2019 Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government

The winners of the 2019 Awards were presented by the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Shelley Hancock MP, at a function held at Parliament House on 6 June 2019. The awards were delivered in partnership with the Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women, the Hon Bronnie Taylor MP.

The winners are:

Elected Representative from a Metropolitan Council

  • Winner: Cr Wendy Waller (Liverpool City Council)
  • Winner: Cr Roslyn Harrison (Northern Beaches Council)
  • Highly commended: Cr Reena Jethi (The Hills Shire Council)

Elected Representative from a Rural or Regional Council

  • Winner: Cr Susan Price OAM (Moree Plains Shire Council)
  • Highly commended: Cr Phyllis Miller OAM (Forbes Shire Council)

 General Manager/Senior Staff Member – Metropolitan Council

  • Winner: Simone Plummer (Sutherland Shire Council)
  • Highly commended: Therese Manns (Randwick City Council)

 General Manager/Senior Staff Member – Rural or Regional Council

  • Winner: Morven Cameron (Lake Macquarie City Council)
  • Highly commended: Melissa Boxall (Shellharbour City Council)

 Non-Senior Staff Member – Metropolitan Council

  • Winner: Belinda Koytz (City of Canada Bay Council)

Non-Senior Staff Member – Rural or Regional Council

  • Winner: Stephanie Mowle (Goulburn Mulwaree Council)
  • Highly commended: Deborah McDonald (Singleton Council)

Women in a Non-Traditional Role – Metropolitan Council

  • Winner: Olivia Simons (City of Sydney Council)
  • Highly commended: Alissa Jones (City of Newcastle Council)
  • Highly commended: Margaret Diebert (Liverpool City Council)

Women in a Non-Traditional Role – Rural or Regional Council

  • Winner: Adrienne Pierini (Cobar Shire Council)
  • Highly commended: Tegan Muirhead (Wagga Wagga City Council)

Women in Traineeships or Apprenticeships – Metropolitan Council

  • Winner: Sarah Tracy (Penrith City Council)

Women in Traineeships or Apprenticeships – Rural or Regional Council

  • Winner: Acacia Johnston (Shellharbour City Council)
  • Highly commended: Renee Keir (Lake Macquarie City Council)
  • Highly commended: Sophie Broadbent (Wingecarribee Shire Council)

Special Achievement Award

  • Carmel Krogh (Shoalhaven City Council)

Our minister women awards 2019
Our minister women awards 2019

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