Above: Pictured at Friday’s official A R Bluett Memorial Award presentation, from left, council’s Executive Manager Human Resources Nicholas Ross, Bluett Trust chair Les McMahon, council’s Corporate Services Director Lindsay Mason, Bluett Memorial Trustee Mike Montgomery AM, the mayor Cr Redding and general manager Stewart Todd, MC for the event Cr Cameron Staines, Cr Ron Campbell and council’s Director of Infrastructure Delivery, Darren Raeck.

Narrabri Shire Council has been acknowledged as ‘the most progressive country council in NSW’, the pinnacle of local government achievement and an accolade the whole shire community can take pride in, the mayor Cathy Redding said on Friday.

The Council last year was named the winner of the 2018 A R Bluett Memorial Award, a recognition of the local council which excels across a number of criteria.

On Friday, the chairman of the A R Bluett Memorial Award Trust Les McMahon and fellow Trustee Mike Montgomery AM officially presented the plaque depicting the award to Narrabri Shire Council.

The ceremony at The Crossing Theatre was attended by a large contingent of council staff.“

I thank all the contributors, councillors and employees who worked together to make the award possible” Cr Redding said. The Council’s achievements ranged from an $8 million reduction in debt levels over five years to major infrastructure upgrades and improvement of community facilities across the shire.