The Local Government Association of South Australia has announced Craig Nixon from the Department for Environment and Water as the 2022 recipient of the Jim Hullick Award.
The award – which is named in honour of former LGASA CEO, Jim Hullick – recognises public servants from the State and Federal Government who have gone above and beyond to collaborate on projects with local councils, delivering great outcomes for people across South Australia.
LGASA CEO, Clinton Jury said Mr Nixon had been an integral contributor to several councils, including being a key part of developing the highly successful Remarkable Southern Flinders Project and the development and maintenance of national parks across the state.
“I am absolutely thrilled to present Craig with the 2022 Jim Hullick Award on behalf of the LGA,” Mr Jury said.
“Craig has been instrumental in building key stakeholder relations and linking local councils with government agencies, staff and has been a leader in ensuring First Nations people are connected and represented on matters.
“He has also provided consistent and ongoing support, making sure any internal hurdles did not become barriers to reaching a positive outcome and secured essential government funding for the project through his proactive approach to establishing relationships.”
Mr Nixon officially accepted the Award last week and spoke highly of the councils and communities he has worked with throughout the past year.
“I’ve always been passionate about advocating for local communities and having the opportunity to help connect them with the right resources within the State Government and to achieve such great results across various projects has been extremely rewarding,” Mr Nixon said.
“It’s a great honour to receive this Award, and to have the partnership benefits of all levels of government acknowledged on the Remarkable Southern Flinders Project in the Mid North.
“By councils, state and federal government working together projects like this one are having a positive impact on communities and bringing with them tremendous environmental benefits.”