City of Armadale’s long standing Mayor Henry Zelones (OAM, JP) has been bestowed with the prestigious Western Australian Local Government Association’s (WALGA) Local Government Medal.
Mayor Zelones was presented with the award on Thursday 8 August for his contribution to the community of Western Australia for the past 28 years.
City of Armadale Chief Executive Officer Cliff Frewing said the award was well deserved and reflected the immeasurable service to the Armadale region and Western Australian community that Mayor Zelones has served over the years.
“The medal is the highest honour in the WA Local Government Association’s honours program and is awarded to those who have provided exceptional services in advancing the goals of WALGA and Local Government as well as their contributions to the local community.
“Since he was elected as a Councillor of the City in 1989, Mayor Zelones has been instrumental in lobbying state and federal agencies on the needs of Armadale. He also represents the local government sector on one of the State’s high profile committees, the WA Planning Commission.
“He has represented the City of Armadale at WALGA, chairing the South-Eastern Zone group from 2003 to 2011.
“He has been a major champion for the redevelopment of the Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre and the Armadale District Town Hall.”
Former City of Armadale CEO Ray Tame supported the nomination for the medal and said throughout Mayor Zelones’ many decades of exemplary contribution to the community he maintained the highest levels of integrity, dignity and trust, while never losing contact with his suburban roots.
In 2011 Mayor Zelones was awarded WALGA’s Eminent Service Award and in 2014 WALGA’s Life Membership Award and a Medal of the Order of Australia.