Goulburn Mulwaree Council employee Stephanie Mowle is the winner of 2019 Minister's Awards for Women in Local Government.
She took out the the non-senior Staff in the Rural and Regional category at the recent NSW Women in Local Government Awards.
Goulburn MP Wendy Tuckerman congratulated Ms Mowle and highlighted her contribution.
"Ms Mowle was instrumental in enabling maximum female workforce participation, and in ensuring roles previously considered 'male-oriented' are shared across the team, focusing on skills and ability, rather than gender," she said.
She added that the awards recognised the invaluable contributions female councillors and council staff make to improve the lives of the people they represented and served
"Local communities around NSW are made better thanks to the many exceptionally talented women in the 128 local councils around the State. Often this work, innovation and mentorship goes largely unnoticed but these awards provide an opportunity for the community to publicly acknowledge these women and all that they do," Mrs Tuckerman said.
Ms Mowle said she was honoured to receive the gong. She is the business manager of planning and development with the council.
"I am extremely grateful to the GMC executive for the nomination. While I am proud of this achievement, I can't take all the credit and the achievements recognised are a direct reflection of the support of my team and peers. I am proud of what we have achieved as a team," she said.
Ms Mowle said the planning department had gone through significant period of change.
"I was nominated for the award due to leadership, strength and direction shown in supporting the team and creating an environment where teamwork and innovation have been fostered," she said.
The awards were presented by Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock at an official ceremony at NSW Parliament House on June 6.
Today I presented the 12th annual Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government. Congratulations to the winners! You have broken through barriers, led and encouraged other women and tackled complex issues facing communities #nswpolpic.twitter.com/FigYfv9FLS— Shelley Hancock MP (@ShelleyMP) June 6, 2019
"The winners of this year's awards have broken through barriers, led and encouraged other women and tackled some of the complex issues facing communities through creativity and innovation. They are a shining light leading the way for other women by breaking down barriers through their service in traditionally male dominated roles," Mrs Hancock said.
"We must do more to harness the talent and skills of women to inspire and encourage younger generations to consider a career in local government."
Established in 2008, the awards recognise the outstanding efforts of women at the grassroots level of government in metropolitan and regional councils.
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