The AR Bluett Memorial Award

The AR Bluett Awards will be presented immediately after the Meet the Politicians’ Forum.

Described as “The greatest accolade a council can achieve” and “The pinnacle of local government achievement”, the AR Bluett Award has been presented annually since 1945. It is contested by councils in NSW that would like to be recognised as being the most progressive in the state.

It was named after Albert Robert Bluett, who served as the Secretary and Solicitor to the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW for 30 years. Bluett was an authority on local government law and his opinion was respected by the legal profession and government Ministers. He also helped to write the Local Government Act of 1919.

Following Bluett’s death in April 1944, the councils of NSW subscribed to a fund as a permanent memorial to his work. This money funds the bronze plaques awarded to the winning councils each year. His legacy also lives on through Bluett Local Government Handbook, often referred to as the Local Government bible.

Entry is open to all NSW councils irrespective of size or resources. The awards trustees encourage NSW councils to enter these prestigious awards and are interested in all aspects of council operations and services.

Entries for the 2021 Awards are now closed. Entries for 2022 will open in June 2022.

LGNSW Service Awards

The LGNSW Service Awards will be presented during the Conference Dinner.

LGNSW grants four awards for long-serving elected members as follows:

  • Emeritus Mayor: this award provides ongoing recognition to those who have served as a Mayor. Academic institutions recognise their retiring valued members with the title of Emeritus Professor; LGNSW recognises its senior members as Emeritus Mayors.
  • Outstanding Service: recognises long and loyal service and notable contribution to a local government and/or the local government sector.
  • Merit Award: acknowledges the work of retiring or long-serving elected members.
  • LGNSW Medal: awarded for exceptional service, outstanding achievement and/or significant contributions that advance the goals of the local government sector; or personal contributions given in pursuit of benefits for the community within the concept of local government.

2020 Winners

Metropolitan/Regional – Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council
Rural – Bellingen Shire Council

20-year service awards – Cr Anthony Andrews (Randwick) and Cr Carol Provan (Sutherland)