Col Mills Memorial Scholarship and Award

COL MILLS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This memorial scholarship is made available specifically to LG Professionals, NSW Next Gen members in an effort to support them as they develop and grow in their career in local government. The Col Mills scholarship was formed in 1999, in memory of active member Col Mills, who was a strong advocate of creating opportunities for members to advance their professional careers.

Each year Next Gen Members are invited to apply for the Col Mills Memorial Scholarship by submitting an application outlining:

Professional Development: what they have done in the past three years to develop themselves professionally and, where appropriate, others.
Leadership: how they have led a team, function, or project. What barriers they faced and how did you overcome these?
Relationships: how they have managed up or navigate relationships you to contribute to an outcome.

In addition, they provided a reference from a supervisor, manager or General Manager

The judging panel looked for:

  • The significance of their achievements or contributions to the community?
  • The significance of their achievements or contributions to your team or council?
  • How their leadership skills or contributions exceeded expectations?

Four scholarships were awarded to:

  • Anna McHattan, Business Support Officer, Bogan Shire Council
  • Erin Hogan, Environmental Health Officer, City of Canterbury-Bankstown Council
  • Helena Smith, Senior Rates and Water Officer, Snowy Valleys Council
  • Zoe Saunders, Community Relations Manager, Narrabri Shire Council

Each scholarship recipient received:

  • Registration to attend LGC21
  • Two nights accommodation at The Fullerton Hotel
  • Registration to attend the LG Awards Dinner

COL MILLS MEMORIAL AWARD

All scholarship recipients were nominated for the Col Mills Memorial Award, which was presented at the LG Awards Dinner.

The award was judged by retired member Les McMahon and this year the applications were of such a high standard two nominees were awarded the Col Mills Memorial Award.

The two recipients were:
  • Erin Hogan, Environmental Health Officer, City of Canterbury-Bankstown Council
  • Zoe Saunders, Community Relations Manager, Narrabri Shire Council
 



Pictured left to right: Les McMahon, Zoe Saunders, Erin Hogan 

Both Erin and Zoe will now receive registration to attend the LG Professionals Australia National Congress and Business Expo in August in Canberra and will be entered into the national award for The Emerging Leader of The Year Award, which is judged as part of the National Awards announced at the LG Professionals, Australia National Congress and Business Expo.

We wish both Erin and Zoe all the best of luck for the National Emerging Leader of The Year Award and look forward to hearing about their time at Congress.