Councillor recognised for long and loyal service image

8 August 2018

Former City of Albany Mayor and current councillor Alison Goode has received an award recognising her long and loyal service to local government.

Cr Goode was one of 10 current or former councillors from across the State to receive the award at the recent Local Government Honours Awards as part of the 2018 WA Local Government Convention.

Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said Cr Goode had been devoted to the Albany community for a long time and she had achieved a lot in her time on Council.

“Alison was only the second woman ever to be elected as a councillor on the Shire of Albany in 1995 and she went on to become deputy shire president, then acting shire president,” he said. “When the Town and Shire amalgamated in 1999, Alison was elected the inaugural Mayor of the City of Albany and served in that role until 2007.

“Alison has been an excellent leader, always focussed on putting the community first and her achievements will leave a lasting legacy on Albany.”

Highlights during Cr Goode’s tenure as Mayor include the Centenary of Federation in 2001, and construction of the multi-million Albany Entertainment Centre.

In 2002, she led the Academic Procession together with Dr Ken Michael for the opening of UWA Albany, which forged a relationship between the City and UWA that continues today. In 2003 she signed the City of Albany Aboriginal Accord with local Elders to promote a greater understanding in the community of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples history and culture, which is still relevant today.

The construction of Albany Wind Farm on land vested with the City of Albany, and the nomination of the Amity Heritage Precinct to preserve and protect the character and heritage of the area add to her long list of achievements.

“Alison was also instrumental in establishing the Youth Advisory Committee to encourage engagement with youth in the City, and was involved in the planning and construction of the home of the PCYC on Sanford Road,” Mayor Wellington said.

“She established the Seniors Advisory Committee and initiated the practice of recognising members of the community who become centenarians with a ceremonial tree planting, or placing of commemorative benches and plaques.

“Her recognition is thoroughly deserved.”