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Council shake-up results in awards

Wednesday, 4th March, 2015

City Council General Manager Therese Manns (left) and former assistant general manager Laura Kendall yesterday won awards for their work at council. FILE PICTURE: Erica Visser City Council General Manager Therese Manns (left) and former assistant general manager Laura Kendall yesterday won awards for their work at council. FILE PICTURE: Erica Visser

City Council’s General Manager Therese Manns has received an award for her leadership role in heading the organisation away from financial ruin.

Ms Manns was honoured at the NSW Ministers Awards for Women in Local Government yesterday.

The awards recognise the role of women in government and Ms Manns won a category for senior staff members at rural or regional councils.

Former Assistant General Manager Laura Kendall, who spent six months in the city on secondment, also received the award for a non-senior staff member.

Mayor Wincen Cuy said the fact Council’s staff took out two out four awards was a major win for City Council.

“Of the four regional awards, two of them recognised the contribution made by Broken Hill City Council staff,” Mayor Cuy said.

“It is an outstanding achievement. These awards highlight the contribution both Therese and Laura have made not only to the workplace, but in wanting to see a better Broken Hill. They are wonderful role models for women in Local Government.”

The awards recognised the GM’s change management leadership and the process needed to move Council towards sustainability, primarily in response to a Treasury Corporation assessment that showed that the Council had a “very weak” financial status.

The awards highlighted the benefits of taking opportunities, even when they present personal and professional challenges, according to Council.

The winners of the 2015 Awards were presented by the Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole, and the Minister for Women, Pru Goward, at a function held at Parliament House yesterday, as part of International Women’s Day celebrations.

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