KWINANA Mayor Carol received recognition in this years’ Queen’s Birthday Honours List with an Order of Australia (General Division) for her 22 years of service to the community and local government sector.
Honours Lists are proclaimed twice a year, on Australia Day and the Queens Birthday Honours on June 10.
Cr Adams said she was humbled to have been nominated for the award.
“I’m certainly very thrilled,” she told Community News this morning.
“I just hope I might be a role model for other women to step up, and be nominated.”
She is keen to find out who nominated her for the award, and said she had opportunities at a local level and more broadly.
“When I received the notification of the award a few weeks ago, I was stunned especially when there are many in the Kwinana community who were just as worthy recipients,” she said.
“I have been very fortunate to be in a public position where your efforts are more easily recognizable rather than the many unsung heroes in our community”.
She was elected as a councillor to then Town of Kwinana in may 1997, elected deputy Mayor in 2005 and became the council’s first female Mayor in 2006.
“I have been fortunate to be at the helm during an exciting era of growth and development which has seen Kwinana change from being a sleepy country town to a vibrant outer metropolitan growth council,” she said.
“I would like to think that the Kwinana of today is certainly changed for the better than what it was 22 years ago and this is as a result of the bold strategic and economic vision that council has set.
“I would like to think that those changes have had a positively and enduring influence on many in our community and have helped to promote the image of our beautiful City as a great place to live, recreate and raise your family”.
Cr Adams’s impact has been felt beyond the community of Kwinana, with membership of many key boards and committees over this time, some of which have helped shape the direction of Perth and the south-west metropolitan region of Western Australia.
She has served with the Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Corporation, Kwinana Early Years Service, and the Kwinana Citizens Advice Bureau.
She has more recently received recognition for championing the City’s economic direction by advocating for the planning and development of an Outer Harbour in Kwinana, and she has served on the board of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.
Cr Adams has been a long-term member of the Gilmore College School Board and sits on the Advisory Board at Murdoch University School of Law where she graduated with a law degree.
She has passionately lobbied for educational services in Kwinana, which has seen many hundreds of thousands of state and federal dollars put toward local education programs.
In 2011, she received the Long and Loyal Service Award from the Western Australian Local Government Association.