Mayor Jennifer Anderson was presented with her award today at a ceremony in Parliament House.
Mayor Anderson won the Elected Representative - Metropolitan category and was presented with her award by the Minister for Women the Hon. Tanya Davies MP and the Minister for Local Government the Hon. Gabrielle Upton.
Speaking after the awards ceremony, Mayor Anderson said she was honoured to receive the recognition.
“I’m obviously delighted to receive this award, which is also testament to the achievements of Ku-ring-gai Council”, Mayor Anderson said.
“In the eleven years I have been privileged to serve as a Councillor and Mayor, the Council has gone from strength to strength.”
“I hope this award will encourage other women to enter local government, either by standing for election or seeking a career in the sector.”
Mayor Anderson pointed to the $29 million North Turramurra Recreation Area, the Ku-ring-gai Fitness & Aquatic Centre and the planned redevelopments of Turramurra and Lindfield centres as ‘key highlights’ of her time at Council.
“However it is also the day to day services and facilities this Council provides such as Gordon Library, our youth services and free immunisation clinics that underpin so much of which we can be proud.”
A Ku-ring-gai resident for more than 30 years, Mayor Anderson was elected to Council in 2006 and has served four terms as Mayor, including her current term. She has a passion for preserving Ku-ring-gai’s heritage and is a Chair of the Council’s Heritage Committee.
Along with her commitments as a Councillor, Mayor Anderson also serves as patron of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter and Meals on Wheels.
She has previously served on the executive of the NSW Parents Council and the state council of the NSW Federation of P&C Associations.
The Minister’s Awards for Local Government are awarded each year for female Councillors and staff to celebrate the achievements of women in local government and encourage more women to take leadership roles in Councils.
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