Rockhampton Regional Council chief executive Evan Pardon’s outstanding work has been recognised with a major award.
Mr Pardon was named the best local government manager in Queensland at last week’s Local Government Managers Australia (Queensland) annual conference on the Sunshine Coast.
Mr Pardon was presented with the prestigious 2018 Manager of the Year Award for Leadership and Management Excellence, for his outstanding contribution to the positive growth of the council and the community.
Mr Pardon said it was a great honour to have even been nominated.
“My colleagues actually nominated me without filling me in, so it was a very welcome surprise to receive this award,” he said.
“The award itself is recognition of the work that has been done by the entire council over the past 12 months to make our community the best place it can be.
“I really have to thank my colleagues for all the work they have done to support the council, and this award is testament to that hard work.”
Mayor Margaret Strelow (pictured) said she was incredibly proud of Mr Pardon.
“This award recognises the pivotal role Evan has played in pulling the team together and delivering for our community, and I am so proud of the work he has done,” she said.
“It also reflects well on Rockhampton Regional Council as a whole, and is testament to the challenges we have overcome in the past few years.”
Deputy chief executive Ross Cheesman said there was no local government manager in Queensland more deserving of the award.
“Evan has done an amazing job over the last several years leading our community through the recovery from several disasters, overseeing complex major projects such as the Riverside development and Kershaw Gardens, just to name a few, while delivering the best possible value for our ratepayers,” Mr Cheesman said.