Lithgow City Council has been selected as a finalist in NSW’s most prestigious award for Local Government, the AR Bluett Memorial Award.
The A R Bluett Memorial Award is contested each year by councils in NSW recognising the most progressive in the state. The Award looks at all aspects of council operations and services. Albert Robert Bluett was an outstanding figure in Local Government, serving as the Secretary and Solicitor to the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW for 30 years. He was the authority on Local Government law, and his opinion was respected by the legal profession and ministers of the crown. He helped to write the Local Government Act of 1919. Following Bluett’s death in April 1944, the councils of NSW subscribed to a fund as a permanent memorial to his work.
“I am very proud that Lithgow Council has been selected as a finalist in this Award” said Lithgow City Council Mayor, Councillor Maree Statham “this Award recognizes not only the hard work put in by Council but also the good management of the Council.”
“What has been particularly pleasing has been the large number of projects that have been delivered by Council in recent years and this has been through the efforts of not just the current Council but also the previous term of Council.”
“Some of these projects have included two new sewerage treatment plants, the completion of the Clarence Water Transfer Scheme, the Farmer’s Creek Flood Mitigation Scheme (stages 1 and 2), the Lithgow Aquatic Centre (stages 1, 2 and 3), the upgrades to the hockey grounds and Tony Luchetti Sportsground.”
“Relative to our size I do not believe there would not be another Council in the state, that has completed such a level of projects” said Mayor Statham.
“Added to these there are still many more projects still underway with works progressing on the Black Bridge at Wallerawang, the Portland Sewerage Treatment Plant, stage 4 of the Lithgow Aquatic Centre along with the work to the iconic Blast Furnace Park, to name a few.”
“As part of the ‘Fit for the Future’ program Council has had to take a long hard look at its current performance, issues facing the council and planned improvement strategies. One of the key indicators that Council has had to consider is the ability to deliver large capital projects. Clearly this is an area that Council has done well in” said Mayor Statham.
“I also need to recognise that Council has actively sought to partner with State and Federal Government as funding bodies to upgrade the infrastructure. Again an area that Council has been successful in.”
“An ongoing commitment to infrastructure renewal, planning for growth and seeking opportunities to partner at a federal, state and regional level will see Lithgow City Council continue to remain financially sound and ‘Fit for the Future’.”
“Added to all of this has been that Council has also been recognised as financially ‘sound’ another indication of the good management of Council.”
“I feel very strongly that Council has worked hard to improve the area for the community and am very proud that Council has been recognised for these efforts by being a finalist in the AR Bluett Memorial Award for 2015” concluded Mayor Statham.
Councillor Maree Statham
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