Award Recipients at the 2022 Annual Conference
LGNSW was delighted to present during the 2022 Annual Conference the Outstanding Service Awards, where councillors are recognised for their achievements in local government.
Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is for outstanding contributions to local government during a councillor’s tenure, which is recommended and endorsed by the LGNSW Board. The board determined there be only one recipient of the award in any calendar year. There was no award made in 2022, but you can see past recipients by downloading the Honour Roll.
The Emeritus Mayor award acknowledges the service of retired mayors who have served a minimum of five years as a mayor. This title cannot be bestowed upon someone while still in office.
LGNSW President Darriea Turley AM, Samantha Fuller, CEO of sponsor StateCover Mutual, and Cr Elizabeth Campbell.
Cr Elizabeth Campbell
Cr was Mayor of Kempsey Shire Council for 10 years. She was elected in 2008 and became mayor in 2011. In 2012 she was re-elected for a four-year term when Kempsey held its first election for a popularly elected mayor.
Re-elected as mayor for a second term in 2016, Cr Campbell held the Mayoral position for an extended period until December 2021, due to the pandemic. A highlight of her second term was delivering 87% of the council's four-year delivery plan despite drought, bushfires and COVID-19.
Certificate of Service Awards
This award is for an appreciation of long and loyal service and notable contribution to a local government and/or the local government sector.
LGNSW President Darriea Turley AM, Samantha Fuller, CEO of sponsor StateCover Mutual, and Cr Kevin Crameri.
Cr Kevin Crameri OAM – 25 Year Certificate of Service
Cr Kevin Crameri OAM has dedicated more than 32 years to the Penrith community as an elected member on Penrith City Council and is still working as a councillor. During this time he has also held the positions of deputy mayor and mayor.
LGNSW President Darriea Turley AM, Samantha Fuller, CEO of sponsor StateCover Mutual, and Cr Janice Kershaw.
Cr Janice Kershaw - 25 Year Certificate of Service
Cr Kershaw was first elected to Wollongong City Council in 1991 and has been re-elected at every election since.
She has held various positions on council during her 28 years of service, including deputy lord mayor, and was elected onto the NSW Local Government Association as a board member a number of times.
LGNSW President Darriea Turley AM, Samantha Fuller, CEO of sponsor StateCover Mutual, and Cr Steve Taskovski.
Cr Steve Taskovski - 25 Year Certificate of Service
Cr Taskovski has served as a councillor for 30 years and is still going strong.
He was first elected to Queanbeyan Council in 1983, serving 25 years before a nine-year hiatus. Since returning as a councillor to Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council in 2017, Cr Taskovski has continued to be a leader and an integral part of many different and varied committees throughout the region.
LGNSW President Darriea Turley AM, Samantha Fuller, CEO of sponsor StateCover Mutual, and Cr Denis Todd.
Cr Denis Todd - 20 Year Certificate of Service
After 22 years as a councillor for Coonabarabran Shire and Warrumbungle Shire councils, Cr Denis Todd continues to serve his community as a member of council. During his tenure, Cr Todd has also held the positions of mayor and deputy mayor.
LGNSW President Darriea Turley AM, Samantha Fuller, CEO of sponsor StateCover Mutual, and Cr Patrick Bourke.
Cr Patrick Bourke – 10 Year Certificate of Service
Cr Bourke has served a total of 13 years for Urana Shire and Federation councils. Five of these served as Mayor, a position he still holds at Federation Council.