Recognising excellence

In November 2023, Inner West Council was awarded the prestigious AR Bluett Memorial Award.

Since 1945, this annual award has acknowledged outstanding achievements in local government and is the greatest accolade that a local council can achieve.

On issuing the award, Chairman of the judging panel, Les McMahon said:

“Inner West Council had forged three previous inner west councils into a vibrant, responsive and community focused organisation.

"Customer experiences have outperformed against other like sized councils. Environmental leadership is paramount to the success of the council, being the first council to be powered with 100% renewable energy and be 100% divested from fossil fuels.

"Inner West Council had also delivered $22 million in savings since amalgamation."

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne congratulated General Manager Peter Gainsford, Council staff and elected Councillors on winning this coveted recognition.

“Winning this award is a real honour and reflects the commitment to improvement and putting our community at the heart of everything we do at every level across Inner West Council,” said Mayor Byrne.

We thank our entire staff for their dedication to excellence and our passionate community for their participation in Council working groups and community engagement initiatives year-round.

Celebrating our people

In February 2024, we celebrated our historic Bluett win with the largest ever gathering of Inner West employees.

Inner West Councillors and staff were joined by Bluett representatives Les LcMahon (Chairman), Genia McCaffery (Trustee) and Paul Braybrooks OAM (Trustee) for an award presentation ceremony on the field of Leichhardt Oval.

Winning this award is a testament to the hard work of our people from across the organisation so it was only fitting that we all get together to celebrate!

Areial shot of inner west council staff in a sporting stadium
Celebrating our historic Bluett win, Leichhardt Oval, February 2024.

Inner West staff and councillors togetther withBluett celebration ceremony
Award presentation with staff, councillors and Bluett representatives, Leichhardt Oval, February 2024. 

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Page last updated: 12 Apr 2024