Four employees were carefully selected to represent the Shire of East Pilbara and were declared the winners after competing with other Local Government authorities including the Town of Port Hedland, the City of Karratha and the Shire of Broome.
"Modern working life in Local Government has changed so much over the years and is now so much more than the old adage "Roads, Rubbish and Rates", said Shire President Lynne Craigie.
"A Local Government officer is first and foremost a public servant and these conferences are a fantastic opportunity to learn and develop in a safe and supportive environment to enhance their capabilities as they endeavour to do their best for the people they serve," she added.
"My sincere congratulations to our staff members who triumphed for the Shire of East Pilbara; Han-Mari Roets – Coordinator Club and Events, Kylie Bergmann – Coordinator Governance, Danielle Airton – Coordinator Community Wellbeing and Bryan Griggs – Airport Coordinator Asset Maintenance. You have made us extremely proud!"
LG Professionals WA said the Shire of East Pilbara team displayed an excellent work ethic and their team working abilities were commended by the event facilitators.
Shire of East Pilbara employee Han-Mari Roets said the experience has helped her enormously.
"For me being reasonably new to Local Government, this experience is so valuable for my professional and personal development. It has also made me want to continue my development within Local Government and reach greater heights within my career."
"The Challenge has taught me so much about myself and working as a team. It is incredible how much you can learn in one day and see how different we all are in the way we think," she added.
The WA Regional Management Challenge (RMC) is specifically tailored for country and regional local governments and is run in regional areas. It provides the opportunity for regional local governments to partake in a valuable staff training and professional development exercise.
The tasks within the RMC recognise the unique issues and challenges facing many rural and remote councils and their communities. Everyone - from experienced managers to emerging leaders - comes away with new and practical insights into excellence in leadership and management.