The former mayor, who was elected in 2005, received the eminent service award at the 2019 WA Local Government Convention this month.
The award recognised personal commitment, eminent service and contribution to the local government sector.
Cr Gangell is a member of the WALGA east metropolitan zone, Design Bassendean, economic development advisory committee, people services committee and the Bassendean Oval Project Control Group.
He said he was honoured to receive the award and thankful to the community and Bassendean Council who provided him with support, opportunities and encouragement over many years.
“During my time on council, I am very proud to have been involved with delivering the Old Perth Road Markets, outdoor cinema and the award-winning Fringe World festival WonderRealm to Bassendean,” he said.
“I am so proud to have played a part in delivering millions of dollars worth of investment and infrastructure to the Town, including the redevelopment of the shopping centre, apartment living and civic gardens.”
He said he felt motivated by the opportunity to work with community members to showcase the Town as a “destination”.
“Having held a number of positions on council, including Mayor, I am enjoying my role of providing another prospective on council and being able to bring a wealth of history and knowledge about our Town to council,” he said.