Ceduna District Council Mayor Allan Suter has been recognised in this year’s Queen Birthday Honours by receiving an Order of Australia Medal.
Mr Suter was announced as one of this year’s medal recipients on Monday in recognition of his service to local government and to the Ceduna community.
This includes serving at mayor since 2006, deputy mayor from 2003 to 2006, as Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association delegate since 2006 and Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula board member since 2010.
Mr Suter said he was “surprised and very honoured” to be among this year’s recipients.
“It’s fantastic and a great honour,” he said.
“After 15 years it’s always going to be a fairly good list (of service), I’m very happy to be recognised.”
Mr Suter said even with the award win it has not changed his mind about steppning down as Mayor of Ceduna after November.
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey congratulated Mr Suter on his honour and said he had been a wonderful servant to the Ceduna community.
"He has worked hard to achieve change in Ceduna with a number of projects and his contribution to the introduction of the cashless debit card,” he said.
"I strongly admire Allan's ability to form an opinion and take his community forward.
"He is very deserving of this honour.”
Ceduna District Council chief executive officer Geoff Moffatt said the council congratulated Mr Suter on his achievement and said he was a deserving recipient.
“He’s certainly been a very outspoken mayor and often doesn’t take now for an answer, and gets results because of it,” he said.
“Allan should be recognised for his efforts working for this community.”
Lock’s Jamie Siviour was also announced as a recipient of the Order of Australia Medal this year.