Tweed awarded for progress

TWEED Shire Council has won the most prestigious local government award in NSW for various projects such as its new $76 million water treatment plant and $8 million Jack Evans Boat Harbour beautification.

The council was announced winner of the 2011 AR Bluett Award by award chairman John Flannery on Sunday, sharing the limelight with Willoughby City Council in Sydney which won the section for a larger or metropolitan council.

Mr Flannery said the award which had been presented annually since 1945 was won by the council that "has made the greatest relative progress and is considered to be the highest accolade to which a council can aspire".

It is named after Albert Robert Bluett, who was secretary and solicitor to the Local Government and Shires Associations of New South Wales for 30 years before his death in 1944.

"Tweed Shire Council has displayed impressive community leadership," Mr Flannery said.

"The council acknowledges it has emerged from a turbulent political past and the trustees were impressed with the council's commitment to delivering a wide range of programs."

He cited projects which impressed the award trustees as the water treatment plant, boat harbour revitalisation, and customer services including SMS and smartphone applications.

Mayor Barry Longland, said the award was "great recognition of the work council staff are doing for the community".

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