Former Councillors recognised for their service to our community

It was no ordinary Council meeting last Wednesday, as Local Government NSW (LGNSW) President, Keith Rhoades and LGNSW Chief Executive, Donna Rygate presented our Councillor Service Awards.

It was no ordinary Council meeting last Wednesday, as Local Government NSW (LGNSW) President, Keith Rhoades and LGNSW Chief Executive, Donna Rygate presented our Councillor Service Awards.

A councillor’s role is both challenging and rewarding as they act as a bridge between the community and council and work to balance the needs of everyone they represent.  

At these awards, nine former Cessnock City Councillors were recognised for their service to the Cessnock Local Government Area and the communities within it.  

LGNSW Outstanding Service Award & Cessnock City Council Service Awards:       

  • The late Jeffrey Maybury for 35 years of loyal service from September 1980 - July 2015.
  • Catherine Parsons for 20 years of loyal service from September 1991 -September 2016.

LGNSW Certificate of Service & Cessnock City Council Service Awards:  

  • Graham Smith for 12 years of loyal service from September 2004 - September 2016. 
  • James Ryan for 12 years of loyal service from September 2004 - September 2016.
  • James Hawkins for eight years of loyal service from September 2008 - September 2016.
  • Cordelia Troy for eight years of loyal service from September 2008 - September 2016.

Cessnock City Council Service Awards:      

  • Bryce Gibson for four years of loyal service from September 2012 - September 2016.
  • Morgan Campbell for four years of loyal service from September 2012 - September 2016.
  • Suellen Wrightson for loyal service from September 2012 - June 2016.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said each of these former councillors were well-deserving of these awards.  

“It was an absolute honour to welcome both Keith and Donna to our region and it was fantastic to hear them read out what each of these individuals achieved during their time in local government.”  

“Whether they did four years or 35, each and every one of them should be proud of what they accomplished for our community,” added Cr Pynsent.  

 11/21/2017