Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott today congratulated the Mayor of the Hills Shire Council Michelle Byrne who was honoured at the Awards for Women in Local Government.
Councillor Byrne received the award for Elected Representative, Metropolitan Council, at a ceremony in Parliament House on Wednesday.
“Clr Byrne has shown a staunch commitment to serving the Hills, and is the youngest Mayor ever to have served the Hills Shire Council and only the third female Mayor in 106 years,’’ Mr Elliott said.
“Clr Bryne’s door is always open and has paved the way to ensuring Council connects with the community in a meaningful way.’’
Clr Byrne also introduced International Women’s Day Awards in 2013 to celebrate the achievements of women in the Hills Shire and to encourage more women to get involved in local government.
Mr Elliott said the awards recognise and honour the unsung heroes of local government.
“The winners are dedicated to their calling and make a difference to the local community,’’ Mr Elliott said.
“I hope that by recognising outstanding women in local government, we will inspire other women to enter and indeed lead in this vital sector.”
Local Government Minister Don Page said: “The women recognised today have not worked in local government in order to seek accolades.
“They have been motivated to succeed – as leaders, advocates, mentors and professionals – because of their commitment to the communities and councils that they serve. I commend them for this commitment.
“The Awards showcase women who excel as community leaders and professional service providers in local government.’’