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Two Kingston Councillors recognised for long-standing service

15 September 2016

Kingston Councillors Ron Brownlees OAM and Rosemary West OAM have been honoured for long-standing service to the community at the Municipal Association of Victoria Councillor Service Awards.

Cr Brownlees received a 25-year service award for his long commitment as a councillor at the former City of Moorabbin (1982-1994) and the City of Kingston (1997-2003 and 2008-current).

Cr West received a 10-year service award for her role as a City of Kingston councillor over the past decade (2003-current).

The Victorian Councillor Service Awards recognise the contribution of long serving councilors with awards given for 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years.

Kingston Mayor Tamsin Bearsley paid tribute to their dedication and long-standing commitment to the local community. “Representing the community as a local councillor takes time, commitment and enthusiasm and we thank them both for their impressive records of service,” Cr Bearsley said.

Cr Brownlees said it had been an honour to represent the community over so many years.

“I’ve been privilege to work alongside some incredible people in local community groups, fellow councillors and council staff as we’ve partnered together on key projects including the redevelopment of the Waves Leisure Centre and transformation of the Kingston Heath Reserve sporting precinct just to name a few,” Cr Brownlees said.

Cr West said it had been an honour to have been elected four times to represent her community.

“I am pleased to have been part of a team that has saved our Green Wedge from subdivision and other threats and has seen the resumption of work on the Chain of Parks for the first time since more than a decade,” Cr West said.  “I am also pleased to have been able to work with residents to block or at least shrink many inappropriate developments.”

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