Lithgow City Council has been selected as the winner of NSW’s most prestigious award for Local Government, the A R 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. Lithgow City Council last won the Award in 1958.
“This is wonderful news and something that I am exceptionally proud of” said Lithgow City Council Mayor, Councillor Maree Statham “this Award recognises the very hard work put in by Council and the good management of the Council.”
“A large number of projects have been delivered by Lithgow City Council in recent years and this has been through the efforts of not just the current Council but also the previous term of Council.”
“These projects are improving the way of life for the people of the Lithgow Local Government Area.”
“Relative to its size there would not be another council in the state that has delivered such a level of projects” said Mayor Statham.
“We were up against some very stiff competition for this award.”
“Local government in NSW is presently going through a reform process, the ‘Fit for the Future’ program, and Council was required 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 considered was the ability to deliver large capital projects. Clearly this is an area that Council has done well in” said Mayor Statham.
“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’.”
Deputy Mayor of Lithgow City Council, Councillor Ray Thompson said “there have been significant projects delivered by Council over the past six to seven years and I am very proud of these efforts.”
“We have had to make some hard decisions over the years but these decisions have allowed us to provide much needed infrastructure, added to this we have also been seeking out grant funds.”
“These efforts have enabled Council to provide projects such as the Lithgow and Wallerawang sewerage treatment plants. As well as securing the water security of our towns through the completion of the Clarence Water Transfer Scheme, reducing the impacts of floods through the Farmer’s Creek Flood Mitigation Scheme (stages 1 and 2).”
“I am also extremely pleased that after many years the Lithgow Aquatic Centre (stages 1, 2 and 3) has been completed along with improvements to the hockey grounds and Tony Luchetti Sportsground.”
“Added to this Council has partnered with the Western Sydney University with the establishment of a university campus here in Lithgow.”
“On top of all of this we still have many more large projects in the pipeline” said Councillor Thompson.
“I feel very strongly that Lithgow City Council has worked hard to improve our community and am extremely proud that Council has been recognised for these efforts by being a finalist in the A R Bluett Memorial Trust Award for 2015” concluded Mayor Statham.
Councillor Maree Statham
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