COCKBURN Mayor Logan Howlett and Councillor Carol Reeve-Fowkes were among the 48 local government representatives to receive awards at the recent WA Local Government Convention.
Mr Howlett was presented with an Eminent Service award for 18 years in local government.
Technically retired, and having taken a 10-year break to travel with wife Pat and volunteer, Mr Howlett rejoined council as mayor at an extraordinary local government in election in March 2009.
He intends to contest October’s local government election.
In 18 years, Mr Howlett has seen local governments change substantially, with more accountability and transparency and reporting involved, and the need to have well-established strategic, community, and financial plans.
“Our population has grown substantially to 110,000 people, rising about 3 per cent annually,” he said.
His volunteer roles include more than 25 years with the Cockburn Wetland Education Centre and similar as a Justice of the Peace.
He and Pat are also members of the Historical Society of Cockburn.
Deputy Mayor Carol Reeve-Fowkes received a local government merit award at the convention.
She was elected to the west ward in 2007 and was an active community member the decade prior, including membership with the Coogee Beach Progress Association.
Cr Reeve-Fowkes has the highest number of commitments of all elected members in terms of her membership of internal and external committees for the council.
She sits on six council committees and represents the City on 13 community committees, including the WA Local Government Association South Metropolitan Zone.