Top awards for councillors

Top awards for councillors

Cr Kerry Busby receives his WALGA merit award from mayor Ruth Butterfield

Councillors for the City of Armadale have shone brightly in this year’s WA Local Government Association’s (WALGA) honours program.

In a year which saw more nominations across the state than any other, three current and former CoA councillors were selected for merit awards, which recognise notable contributions to WALGA and the community.

Former deputy mayor Cr Kerry Busby, and former councillors Grant Nixon and Melissa Northcott were all honoured.

In his award citation, Cr Kerry Busby was named as “a committed community representative who brings small business knowledge and experience to his role as councillor”.

It mentioned his service to the Armadale Chamber of Commerce, his roles on multiple committees, the Armadale Health Service’s Community Reference Group, and as a board member for Dale Cottages

While retired councillor Grant Nixon brought “extensive horticulture industry knowledge to his role, which allowed him to be a committed advocate and contributor to the City’s Urban Forest Strategy and Tree Retention policy”.

“His previous experience as the General Manager of Araluen Botanic Park, and his keen interest in tourism, have inspired him to drive other tourism initiatives for visitors to the Armadale Hills and City of Armadale more generally,” his citation read.

And finally, Melissa Northcott was celebrated for being a “highly regarded advocate for people living with disabilities”.

“She has participated in many panels and consultative groups for people with disabilities and is currently a member of the City of Perth Access Inclusion Advisory Group, the Perth Airport Access Inclusion Working Group and the METRONET Access Inclusion Reference Group. Melissa is currently a Deputy State Councillor for the South East Metropolitan Zone.”