Wingecarribee Shire councillor Ken Halstead has combined a passion for local government with engineering and town planning know-how to make a strong contribution to society.
Cr Halstead's dedication has been recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to local government and to engineering.
Cr Halstead became involved in local government engineering from 1965 to 1993.
Since then Cr Halstead has served as an elected councillor between 1995 to 1999, 2008 to 2012 and since 2016.
He was also successfully elected as mayor from 2010 to 2012 and 2016 to 2018.
During his time with council, Cr Halstead said he has always kept the community in mind.
"I represent the ratepayers, I prioritise them as number one," he said.
Cr Halstead has imparted his knowledge onto countless students as a senior lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney from 1994 to 2016 and as the director/coordinator of local government engineering postgraduate studies from 1996 to 2016.
He has also served as the director of the NSW division of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia from 2000 to 2017, as a member for 30 years and as a short course presenter since 1996.
Cr Halstead thanked his wife Gail and three sons Adam, Nathan and Clynton for their support throughout his careers.