A R Bluett Memorial Award
'The greatest accolade a council can achieve'.
The A R Bluett Memorial Award has been awarded annually since 1945.
A R Bluett Memorial Award 2016
The A R Bluett Memorial Award is contested each year by councils in NSW who would like to be recognised as being the most progressive in the state. Entry is open to all NSW councils irrespective of size or resources. The Awards Trustees encourage NSW councils to enter this prestigious Award and are interested in all aspects of council operations and services. Please review Award information and previous winning entries below before completing an entry form.
Who was Albert Robert Bluett?
Albert Robert Bluett was an outstanding figure in Local Government, serving as the Secretary and Solicitor to the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW for 30 years. He was the authority on Local Government law, and his opinion was respected by the legal profession and ministers of the crown. He helped to write the Local Government Act of 1919.
Following Bluett's death in April 1944, the councils of NSW subscribed to a fund as a permanent memorial to his work. This money funds the bronze plaques, awarded to the winning councils each year. His legacy also lives on through 'Bluett Local Government Handbook' often referred to as the Local Government bible.
Categories for Councils
1. City & Regional Councils
2. Rural Councils
How to enter
Stephen Ward Scholarship
How is it judged?
There are three honorary Trustees/Judges. At the end of the financial year, the Trust invites councils to submit an entry. All entries are judged independently and objectively by each Trustee, who then meet to deliberate on their findings and select councils who may be shortlisted for inspection and presentations.
Please note for consistency in judging the 2016 Bluett Awards, the assessment process will use council boundaries prior to 11 May 2016.
For 2016 the inspections are scheduled for late September/early October. The winning councils will be announced at the LGNSW Conference in Wollongong 16-18 October 2016. Councils are requested to detail the work, using statistical information and other evidence of progress.
A R Bluett Memorial Trustees
- Graeme Fleming PSM, Trust Chairman
- Allan Ezzy AM APM
- Mike Montgomery AM
The 2015 winners announced at LGNSW's Annual Conference were Warringah and Lithgow City councils.
Pittwater Council also received a special award.
The 2014 winners announced at LGNSW's Annual Conference were Ku-ring-gai and Bankstown councils who shared the winning honors for the City and Regional category, and Cootamundra Shire Council who won the Rural category.
- Ku-ring-gai Council’s winning submission (PDF, 19MB)
- Bankstown City Council’s winning submission (PDF, 18MB)
- Cootamundra Shire Council’s winning submission (PDF, 3.3MB)
The 2013 winners announced at the Local Government NSW Annual Conference were Tumbarumba Shire and Mid Western Regional Council.
- Mid-Western Regional Council's winning submission (PDF, 2.19MB)
- Tumbarumba Shire Council's winning submission (PDF, 6.2MB)
The Trustees also made special mention of the achievements of Goldenfields Water County Council based at Temora and Upper Lachlan Shire Council based at Crookwell.
- Lake Macquarie City Council's winning submission (PDF, 5.4MB)
- Moree Plains Shire Council's winning submission (PDF, 1.3MB)
Roll of Past Winners