Byron Shire Council’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Sarah Ndiaye, was named the winner of the prestigious NSW Government’s Elected Representative Award – Regional/Rural at the recent 2023 Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government.
“Local government can definitely be challenging but it is a sure way you can have a positive impact on the community you serve,” said Cr Ndiaye.
“Whether it’s small changes like getting more accessible pathways and facilities for young people, or the bigger picture objectives like affordable housing and effective wildlife corridors, they are real changes that have an impact on people’s lives and the environment we live in and seek to protect,” she said.
“It is an honour to receive this award and I’m grateful for the opportunities being an elected member has opened for me.”
Cr Ndiaye has served on Council since 2016 and is well known among her peers and the community as a fierce and tireless advocate for gender equality, transparent governance and encouraging participation in Local Government, Byron Shire Council said in a statement.
“On behalf of Council, and the entire Byron Shire, I extend our congratulations to Cr Ndiaye, who I know, would be absolutely thrilled to win this award,” said Mayor, Michael Lyon.
“Cr Ndiaye deserves this recognition for her passion for our community and her desire to make sure that the decisions that we make result in better or improved outcomes for our residents, as well as our natural environment.
“As a high school teacher in one of our local schools she is a champion for young people, women and families, the environment, and the arts.
“Cr Ndiaye has also worked tirelessly to address the urgent need for housing security for many of our residents.
“I have had the great honour of working alongside Cr Ndiaye on Council for seven years now and one of her greatest qualities is her drive to challenge Council, and staff to always do better for our community,” he said.
The 2023 Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government celebrate and support the significant contribution made by women in Local Government in NSW.