JENNI Eakins has been recognised for her vital role in the development of Coffs Harbour’s Cavanbah Centre.
Mrs Eakins, currently the city council’s acting city services director, was the project manager for the centre which opened in February last year.
This week she was the proud recipient of a women in local government award presented to by NSW Local Government Minister Barbara Perry and the Minister for Women, Jodi McKay.
“This award is recognition for the hard work over all the years but this is not just about me – this is about all of the people involved in the project and recognises their contribution to local government as well,” Mrs Eakins said.
“I’m very proud of the building. It think it’s a great asset to the community. I’m proud of the people who worked on the project and the groups who were part of the team who designed it and who have maintained a great relationship with the project.
“There were differences of opinion on the project but people maintained a focus on the best outcome.”
The Cavanbah Centre, which replaced the former Cavanbah Hall, is a multi-purpose facility in the centre of Coffs Harbour which has a large hall and two smaller meeting rooms.
“It was architecturally designed to meet the needs of local groups and the broader community,” Mrs Eakins said.