Local Government Awards for Councillors

Elected Members who demonstrate long and outstanding commitment to the whole of Local Government, exemplary or eminent service may be awarded a Local Government Award for Service or Life Membership (Click here for guidelines and here for the criteria).

Life Member LGAT Award 2019

Congratulations to Mayor Doug Chipman, City of Clarence, Awarded LGAT Life Membership 2019

Pictured: LGAT President Christina Holmdahl, Mayor Doug Chipman, LGAT CEO Dr Katrena Stephenson

Mayor Doug Chipman Life Member

Mayor Doug Chipman, was elected as an Alderman to City of Clarence Council in 2000, elected Deputy Mayor in 2007, and Mayor in 2011. Doug focused on the economic and community development challenges confronting the growing city, along with managing the impacts of climate change.

In 2015 Doug was elected to LGAT’s General Management Committee and later in 2015 as LGAT President. As LGAT President, Doug hit the ground running with a newly appointed Liberal Government commencing planning reform, building reform, a targeted review of the Local Government Act, Boards of Inquiries, Feasibility studies, a review of Code of Conduct provisions and an attempted takeover of TasWater all in his first two years. Doug is particularly noted for his superb advocacy with respect to keeping TasWater in Local Government hands, maintaining a positive and effective relationship with the State Government even in challenging times.

While he is stepping down as LGAT President, Doug has definitely not stepped away from his whole of sector approach to Local Government. In 2018 Doug was elected as Chief Owner Representative of Taswater and more recently was appointed as Deputy Chairman of the Regional Development Australia Committee (Tasmania).

Award for Outstanding Commitment and Service to Local Government

Congratulations to Mr Robin McKendirck, (formerly) City of Launceston, awarded for Outstanding Commitment and Service to Local Government 2019

Pictured: LGAT President Christina Holmdahl, Mr Robin McKendrick, LGAT CEO Dr Katrena Stephenson

Mr Robin McKendrick

Robin McKendrick was first elected City of Launceston Council in 1981. Robin was also Deputy Mayor for two years (from 1988 to 1990) and is one of the longest-servicing Councillors in Tasmanian Local Government history with 37 years of continuous service to the community.

Robin has demonstrated a deep commitment to the people of Launceston, including 21 years on the Council's Economic Development Committee. He also played a key role in the development of UTAS Stadium and the surrounding Inveresk Precinct - including 18 years of service to the York Park and Inveresk Precinct Authority, where he was Chair for 12 years.

Robin's long list of achievements are impressive and his tireless work as an elected representative of the Launceston ratepayers is testament to his dedication to the municipality. During the 1980s and 90s, Robin was involved in over 23 committees and organisations while on Council, including the Community Youth Support Scheme, the Festivale Committee, the Launceston Community Health Centre Committee and the Northern Regional Library Advisory Board. Robin McKendrick is to be congratulated on 37 years of dedicated civic service to the people of Launceston