One of Yass Valley Council’s staff was recognised at the Local Government NSW Planning Awards on Thursday, August 2.
Strategic planning manager and acting director Liz Makin was awarded Excellence in Leadership for Outstanding Individual Contributions at a special ceremony in Sydney.
The award recognises proactive innovation in the provision of planning and development services. Ms Makin has made significant contributions to the shire since joining YVC in 2009.
A particularly big achievement for Makin, who was diagnosed with a large benign brain tumour in January 2015. She underwent successful brain surgery, but had to learn to do everyday tasks again, such as walking and writing.
Ms Makin said she was really pleased to have been recognised, though she couldn’t have done it without the support of her colleagues.
“Some days are incredibly challenging and you have to be across so many issues working in a small regional council. I do feel really lucky to live and work in such a diverse community.”
YVC acting general manager Sharon Hutch said it was Makin’s ability to overcome a major personal health issue while working on numerous major projects that set her apart.
She said, “Liz has been a strong advocate not only for Yass Valley, but regional planning in general.
“Liz’s advocacy for the Yass Valley and delivery of major projects such as the Town and Villages Study, the Yass Valley Local Environmental Plan, and the Rural Lands Proposal has opened up significant residential and commercial investment opportunities which are already being realised on the ground across the Local Government Area.
“Her work identifying Environmental, Aboriginal and European Heritage values for the first time within the Yass Valley Local Environmental Plan will ensure things are able to be better protected for the benefit of the whole community when development does occur.”