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Nominations Open for Butch Lenton Bush Council Innovation Award

This year, in recognition of the innovative contribution to Queensland made by Graeme ‘Butch’ Lenton as Mayor of Winton Shire Council, Peak Services continues the annual Butch Lenton Memorial Bush Council Innovation Award.

Butch, who passed away on 1 October 2017, spent more than 20 years - first as a councillor, then as mayor - pursuing his unique vision for the region in which he was born and raised. That vision extended far beyond driving the traditional agricultural and grazing industries existing in the area. It included developing tourism, renewable energy and telecommunications as key features of a thriving local economy.

The award is a small way for us to recognise innovation in Bush Councils and pay tribute to Butch’s legacy. He was the driving force behind rebuilding the Waltzing Matilda Centre and the Geothermal Energy plant that Peak, have been managing, as well as many other innovative projects.

The award will be presented at the LGAQ Annual Conference each year and showcased at the Bush Councils Convention, held every two years.

We are seeking nominations for a council group or individual who would like to undertake or have completed an activity which demonstrates innovation.

The successful application will be awarded with a bursary of $10,000 which will go towards the nominated innovative activity. The nominations will be judged by the committee made up of; LGAQ Chief Executive Officer Greg Hallam AM, Peak Services Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Brent Reeman, Mayor of Barcaldine Regional Council Rob Chandler and Mayor of McKinlay Shire Council Belinda Murphy.

Applications open 1 May 2019

Nomination close on 1 August 2019

Apply here