Success for staff shines light on skills

Several City of Nedlands employees have been recognised for their accomplishments in 2018.

Environmental Health Officer Lauren Brayford was acknowledged at this year’s annual Environmental Health Australia conference with the Gold Medal Award for Academic Excellence.

The award is given to the student who displayed the highest mark out of their class while studying an accredited WA-based environmental health course.

After graduating from Curtin University in December 2017 and receiving a distinction, Ms Brayford started work at the City of Nedlands in April 2018.

WA Governor Kim Beazley presented her with the award at the end of October.

In November, Apprentice Mechanic Daniel Blackwell was named runner-up at the South Metropolitan TAFE Apprentice of the Year Awards in the category of light vehicle mechanical technology (Certificate III).

The awards are based on test results, technical knowledge, team work, leadership qualities and reliability during the time he spends at TAFE while completing his apprenticeship through the City of Nedlands.

Earlier in 2018, Daniel Sharples was named WA Ranger of the Year.

Presented by the WA Rangers Association, the award recognises deeds and achievements over and above the call of duty.

It came after City of Nedlands rangers were named Ranger Team of the Year in 2017 – the second time they have won the award.

Acting CEO Peter Mickleson said the various achievements demonstrated the pinnacle of excellence and innovation at the City of Nedlands.

“It highlights the culture of success the City has created to form a vibrant and effective local government,” he said.

“Lauren and both Daniels all have an excellent work ethic which reflects the kind of professionalism that makes the City of Nedlands proud.

“Their successes are testament to the progress of the City’s cultural journey which, in turn, means better service for our ratepayers and residents.”

City of Nedlands Ranger Daniel Sharples, left, Environmental Health Officer Lauren Brayford and Apprentice Mechanic Daniel Blackwell.