Gunnedah's cultural precinct queen Lauren Mackley is a finalist in the 7News Young Achiever Awards.
The Gunnedah Shire Council employee was nominated for the QPRC Performing Arts Award by councillor Owen Hasler.
The nomination was supported by ex-NVI editor Ron McLean and Arts North West's Caroline Downer.
In the nomination, Cr Hasler said Ms Mackley had shown an "outstanding and consistent commitment" to the arts and "the promotion of artistic opportunities for all creative practitioners".
"Lauren is a fierce advocate for the arts and has shown that creativity can make a difference to the community and an individual's well-being," he said.
Ms Mackley said she was "flattered" to be chosen.
"It's nice that you work hard and you dedicate yourself to something and you get recognised for it. It's nice to know people appreciate your passion," she said.
Lauren is a rare gem and Gunnedah is very lucky to have someone of her calibre.Colin Formann
Ms Mackley's supervisor Colin Formann said she had been the source of so much change in her three years at council, that it was hard to sum up her contributions.
"Ever since she started, she's been a whirlwind of activity ... She's a breath of fresh air with her new ideas and new ways of thinking," Mr Formann said.
Mr Formann said the regional precinct "exceeds" expectations, thanks to the efforts of Ms Mackley and her team.
"Lauren is a rare gem and Gunnedah is very lucky to have someone of her calibre," he said.
"She has left a lasting impression on Gunnedah's arts and cultural scene."
- The presentation is on March 20 at Darling Island.