Kiama Council's Pip Spence wins top local government gong

KIAMA Municipal Council’s Pip Spence has been recognised for her work in the field of communications with an Outstanding Individual Contribution award at a recent local government awards night. 

Kiama Council's Pip Spence has received an Outstanding Individual Contribution award at the recent RH Dougherty awards

Kiama Council's Pip Spence has received an Outstanding Individual Contribution award at the recent RH Dougherty awards

Established in 1981, the RH Dougherty awards are run by Local Government NSW and recognise local governments and their employees who have improved communication methods between councils and their residents. 

Ms Spence, who has worked at Kiama Council for seven years, received her award for ‘‘significant contribution to transforming the role of local communications and for her work lifting the profile of Kiama on a national level.’’

‘‘It was really a great surprise and I’m honoured to have received the award, but it was definitely a team effort,’’ Ms Spence said. 

‘‘The communications team here is amazing and everything we do is team effort.’’

Ms Spence said her focus had been widening the role of the council’s communication’s team. 

‘‘Traditionally communications teams have just acted as a liaison between the media and council, but we’ve tried to move to a more holistic communications approach.

‘‘We’ve been trying to engage more with the community using things like social media and other digital services and making use of the NBN in doing so.’’

Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler said Ms Spence’s award was a suitable acknowledgement of the work she has done for the council in recent years. 

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