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Meritorious Service Award

The Meritorious Service Award presented by the Life Members of the Local Government Association of Tasmania was introduced in 2011 to recognise exceptional service to Tasmanian Local Government and significant achievements by an elected member.

Peter FreshneyMayor Peter Freshney of Latrobe Council was announced the winner of the 2017 Meritorious Service Award at the LGAT Conference Dinner, held at Wrest Point in Hobart, on 27 July.  Peter was regognised for the leadership he showed during the 2016 floods which devastated the Latrobe community. 

Mayor Freshney led from the front and went above and beyond his Mayoral role, displaying dedication, compassion and resilience.  He stepped up to be a leader during a time of crisis, when the community really needed it.  Mayor Freshney proved an integral part of the emergency response and recovery, and was appointed Chairman of the North West Regional Flood Recovery Committee.

In presenting the award, Life Member, Sue Smith said, "The judging panel felt this level of commitment, in addition to family commitments, mayoral duties and personal business pursuits, undoubtedly would have been challenging, but Mayor Freshney took it all on with determination, compassion and a genuine desire to make a difference to those affected."

Mayor Freshney received a trophy and $300 to donate to the charity of his choice.

Previous winners include:

2016 - Mayor Steve Martin, Devonport City Council
2013 - Mayor Bertrand Cadart, Glamorgan Spring Bay Council
2012 - Mayor Tony Foster, Brighton Council
2011 - Clr Judy Bromfield, Derwent Valley Council

No awards were presented in 2014 and 2015.

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