A state award has been presented to local young woman Emily Wilson for her work in giving back to the community.
The economic development officer at Gunnedah Shire Council has been recognised as one of four state-wide winners of the Col Mills Memorial Scholarship.
It includes attendance at the 2019 Local Government Conference and awards dinner next week, after which two recipients will go into the national Federation Emerging Leader of the Year Award.
Ms Wilson said she saw it as a chance to further her leadership skills and was "a great way to support young people in local government".
"Working in local government has opened up so many opportunities to develop both professionally and personally," she said.
"Receiving this scholarship is such an honour and wouldn't have been possible without the support of those around me at [the] council."
Ms Wilson included on her application that she was always looking for new ways to give back to the community, including being involved in fundraisers, and volunteering at sporting events and coaching classes at the gym. She has also recently completed a graduate certificate in human nutrition.
This recognition is testament to Emily's enthusiasm and dedication to her work at Gunnedah Shire Council.Gunnedah mayor Jamie Chaffey
She moved to from Sydney to Gunnedah in 2012, and began work at the council in 2015 as a finance cadet. She worked in finance roles before taking her current role in April.
Gunnedah mayor Jamie Chaffey congratulated Ms Wilson on her achievement.
"This recognition is testament to Emily's enthusiasm and dedication to her work at Gunnedah Shire Council," Cr Chaffey said.
"This is reflective of the young, vibrant culture we have here in local government."
At the conference, two of the scholarship recipients will be announced as winners of the Col Mills Memorial Award.
They will be entered in the national Federation Emerging Leader of the Year Award, to be presented at the LG Professionals Australia National Congress and Business Expo in Darwin at the end of July.
The scholarship was formed in 1999 in memory of LG Professionals member Col Mills, who was a strong advocate of creating opportunities for members to advance their careers.
Recipients receive funding towards any professional development opportunity offered by the NSW LG Professionals.