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"The greatest accolade a council can achieve" and "The pinnacle of local government achievement".

The AR Bluett Memorial Award has been awarded annually since 1945. The 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 these prestigious awards and are interested in all aspects of council operations and services.

Entries for the 2021 Awards are now closed. Winners will be announced at the LGNSW Special Conference from 28 February-2 March 2022.   

Entries for 2022 will open in June 2022. 

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.