Chief executive Dean Unsworth received the Outstanding Contribution to Local Government Award for his dedication and services to the council.
The award acknowledged Mr Unsworth as an active and innovative leader, highlighting his role in steering the shire to a category 1 status, which identifies it as one of just a few highly sustainable regional councils in WA.
‘Dean was commended for his strong focus on occupational health and safety, asset management planning, heritage preservation and resource-sharing with surrounding local governments in the Peel region,’ shire president Wally Barrett said.
‘One of Dean’s greatest achievements at the shire has been the construction and successful lobbying for funding for the $7m aquatic facility at the Murray Leisure Centre, with the former shire president.’
The shire was also presented with the WALGA Local Biodiversity Program Milestone 2 Award, recognising the shire’s efforts in biodiversity conservation and commitment to the local government biodiversity planning process.