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Georges River Council Administrator recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours


John Rayner, Administrator of Georges River Council, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, receiving the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in local government in NSW.

Council’s General Manager Gail Connolly said Mr Rayner was very deserving of the award after having worked in local government for nearly 50 years, including 33 years at Sutherland Shire Council.

“He is one of the most respected and highly regarded leaders in local government and I would like to congratulate Mr Rayner on this prestigious award,” she said.

“In his time working in local government, and especially during his time at Sutherland Shire Council, Mr Rayner has overseen numerous projects which have been to the benefit of local community."

“His work at Sutherland included the repatriation of spaces for innovative community use such as Greenhills Parklands and a skate park at Kurnell, the Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery at Gymea, high quality sports fields, leisure centres, and the provision of first class libraries."

Ms Connolly said that with Mr Rayner winning this award, the local community can be further assured Council is in good hands.

“His expertise includes building organisational resilience and work cultures that are focused on continuous improvement. When combined with strong community consultation skills, you can be certain that the priorities of the George Rivers community will be embraced and delivered by Council officers,” she said.

Mr Rayner was appointed as Administrator of Georges River Council following the amalgamation of Hurstville and Kogarah City Councils on 12 May 2016.


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