Mayor Rhoades rewarded
COFFS HARBOUR Mayor Keith Rhoades has been applauded for his contribution to local government.
Cr Rhoades has been given an outstanding service award, which recognises more than 20 years of service to the sector, at the NSW Local Government Association conference in Nowra.
The mayor is the association's president and he officially opened the conference at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.
Cr Rhoades was among 16 councillors to receive the top gong, while six mayors were awarded with the honorary title of emeritus mayor for serving a minimum of three one-year terms in their posts.
The Local Government Association is the grouping of councils representing metropolitan and large regional councils to provide leadership and advocacy for the benefit of the community.
"With the change of NSW Government in March this year, we enter a new era for local government," Cr Rhoades told delegates.
"I am proud to say that the Local Government Association, together with the Shires Association, are a driving influence towards that change."