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Long-serving Tweed Shire councillor and former Mayor Warren Polglase has been recognised in the Queens’ Birthday 2019 Honours List.

Councillor Polglase received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to local government and to the community of Tweed.

Tweed Shire council general manager Troy Green congratulated Cr Polglase on his award. ‘Cr Polglase has been a hard-working councillor in the Tweed for many years and before that, in the Murray Shire in South Australia,’ said Mr Green.

‘In addition to his time-consuming local government commitments, Cr Polglase has found the time to become involved with many community and sporting groups as well as being president of the Tweed Chamber of Commerce and Industry and an active Rotarian for many years.

‘He has also been a strong supporter of the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre through the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation Ltd, where he is currently president.’

Cr Polglase was first elected to Tweed Shire Council in 1991, following seven years at the former Murray Shire (now Murray River Council). He was Mayor of Tweed in 2001 through to 2005 and again in 2009. Councillor Polglase is currently overseas however he has previously commented on why he has dedicated himself to local government and his community.

‘Community and family are everything. When you live in a local area you fight for that area, said Cr Polglase OAM.

‘My job as a councillor is to care about the future of Tweed Shire, to help ensure Council has a sustainable balance of good business, social and environmental outcomes. We also need to demonstrate strong financial management.’

An OAM was also given to Allan James Parker of Tweed Heads South. He was recognised in the Queens’ Birthday 2019 Honours List for service to business, particularly to dispute resolution.

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  1. As if Australia Day medals were not already a politicised joke, here is the white-shoe developer’s best friend getting a gong!
    Laugh till you cry, people.

    • The Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat s part of the office of the Governor-General’s secretary, and it considers nominations and make recommendations for awards to the Governor-General. Since Whitlam instituted Australian awards the system has had bipartisan support, a support only reinforced after Abbot’s unpopular attempt to revert to knighthoods. As such I do not know why you would consider the Australian honours system either politicised or a joke. Your post, and that of your two supporters, leave open that you do not want awards awards given to those who do not share your political viewpoint, which would indeed be politicising them.

  2. Wonderful to hear for him “community and family are everything”! I hope he fought hard against approval for that disastrous water bottling development which, despite being so environmentally wrong on so many levels, has also destroyed the serenity of Murwillumbah streets with huge trucks barrelling through each day every day.

    WHO still buys bottled water? Who’s got the demographic on that idiocy? … perhaps evangelists working hard to bring on the rapture right now.


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