Administrator's Column - Australia Day Awards - January 25
Monday, 25 January 2021
This is my 9th year as a Council Administrator. I served 6 years at Warringah Council from 2003, followed by 12 months at Port Macquarie Hastings Council. I returned to the Northern beaches in 2016 to oversee the merger of Manly, Warringah and Pittwater Councils.
Replacing an elected Council brings certain challenges, but by far the best part of the job is the amazing window you get into a ‘new’ community. Administrators carry out the official duties of the Mayor and Councillors. You meet with community groups and individuals, most of whom are playing important roles in making their community a better place, whether it be through our many sporting associations, through organisations delivering community services or through environmental improvement like Bush Care.
Last week I attended the Australia Day Award presentations at the Art House Theatre and had the pleasure of meeting many of the 62 award nominees before announcing the Central Coast Council Citizen of the Year, Ms Paula Hardwick.
Every nominee was asked to stand while a short summary outlining their service was read out. The depth of their contributions was truly inspiring.
These people are the best of the best. Their tireless service makes a huge difference to individuals doing it tough, and to the broader community in general.
On behalf of all Central Coast residents, thank you.
Happy Australia Day.
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Last updated : Mon 25 Jan 2021
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