Narrogin claims two prizes at Local Government awards ceremony

Campbell WilliamsonNarrogin Observer
Shire of Narrogin accepting the MACWA awards.
Camera IconShire of Narrogin accepting the MACWA awards.

The Shire of Narrogin has claimed top honours in two categories at the WA Local Government Association’s annual awards.

Celebrating outstanding achievements by elected members, the WALGA honours program recognises those who make a significant contributions to their community.

Shire of Narrogin president Leigh Ballard took out the eminent service award which recognises valuable and committed members.

Shire chief executive Dale Stewart said the win demonstrated Mr Ballard’s personal dedication to the sector.

“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,” he said.

“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, 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. He was also crucial in shaping the Shire for its success in winning the 2020 Tidy Town of WA award.”

Narrogin was also named the most accessible community in WA for digital and technology initiatives. That honour recognised the Narrogin library’s work creating an online story project that helped kids read stories online. “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,” Mr Stewart said.

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