Local Government Recognition for Shire of Narrogin

Published on Monday, 20 September 2021 at 2:46:54 PM

This week is Local Government week and, every year, the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) runs a convention which brings together local governments from all over the State at which an Annual General Meeting is held and Local Government Honours are presented. This year, Narrogin is proudly bringing home two awards.

A big congratulations to Shire President Leigh Ballard. Leigh Ballard was nominated by the members of the Shire Council for the Honours Program 2021 for the category of “Eminent Service Award”. The Honours Program is an opportunity for local governments to recognise elected members who are valuable and committed members of their community.

The Shire’s Chief Executive, Dale Stewart, explained, "To be eligible for the Eminent Service Award, an elected member will have demonstrated personal commitment, eminent service and contribution to the local government sector. Leigh has been at the helm of the new Shire of Narrogin Council since it was formed in 2016, and prior to that, he was the Mayor of the former Town of Narrogin, elected in 2013”.

Mr Stewart added “Leigh is a passionate and committed community member who enjoys showcasing Narrogin on every occasion, being integral in the Shire with the introduction of the Narrogin Dollars campaign during the start of the COVID-19 crisis which provided economic stimulation to local businesses and he was crucial in shaping the Shire for its success in winning the 2020 Tidy Town of WA award”.

The second award proudly reaped by Narrogin was in the Most Accessible Community in WA Awards (MACWA). Narrogin took away the Award in the category of “Digital and Technology Accessability Initiatives”.

Mr Stewart explained “Narrogin’s success in being recognised for this Award is because of the work undertaken by the Library team who innovatively commenced online story time. The project is part of the Outreach Services development of the Library. In order to increase the accessibility of Library services to all the community, online services are being increased and community members and personalities are encouraged to not only utilise the services, but also participate and read stories too”.  He went onto say “We’ve actively gone on to see where else we can improve accessibility to information which has seen the Shire produce scripted videos of Council meeting outcomes via social media and website improvements for the visually impaired by a concentrated effort on providing alt text for all images”.

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Further information on this media release may be obtained by contacting Dale Stewart, enquiries@narrogin.wa.gov.au or telephone 08 9890 0900.

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