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MEDIA RELEASE - Council employee takes home national prize for leadership

29 May 2017

A Glenelg Shire Council employee has been named the national emerging leader of the year at a recent industry award ceremony.

Youth Development Officer Hayley Rowe was awarded the Local Government Professionals (LGPro) Australia 2017 Emerging Leader of the Year Award, at the LGPro National Congress and Business Expo, held in Hobart on the 22-23 May.

Hayley was nominated for the award by the Victorian LGPro branch, who presented her with the state Young Leaders Award in March of this year.

Hayley said that she was taken aback to receive the national accolade and was excited for what the future held for the youth sector.

“It was an honour to simply be nominated for the award, but it was such a wonderful surprise to be announced as the 2017 Emerging Leader of the Year,” she said.

“I have been so fortunate that in my position at the Glenelg Shire I have been afforded the opportunities to advocate on behalf of young people and create programs that empower and support local youth.

“I hope that my win can help to ensure that the youth sector continues to receive further support. All young people should have the chance to contribute their ideas, particularly those who often face challenges in being heard or advocating for themselves.”

This national award is in recognition of Hayley's exceptional youth engagement work, including the development of Council’s Youth Charter and youth advisory mechanisms, and will highlight Glenelg Shire’s leading work in this area to other councils around Australia.

Hayley also presented at the National Congress and Business Expo alongside other emerging leaders in the local government sector.

During her presentation she discussed the need to collaborate, use strength based approaches and reinforced the message that young people are not leaders of the future, they are leaders now.

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