A recycling advocate has been recognised at the Awards for Women in Local Government.
Margaret Ferguson, Snowy River Shire Council's Waste Education Officer, was awarded a highly commended in the Non-Senior Staff Member - Rural or Regional Council category, at a ceremony in Parliament House in Sydney.
Ms Ferguson's recycling campaigns have led to a decrease in waste going to landfill and an increase in household recycling.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro said she had also overseen successful communication strategies ensuring the success of a major waste and recycling upgrade.
"Margie has never been one to shy away from swapping stilettos for steel capped boots and helping out on collection runs when needed,'' he said.
Mr Barilaro said the awards recognised and honour the unsung heroes of local government.
"The winners are dedicated to their calling and make a difference to the local community,'' Mr Barilaro said.
"I hope that by recognising outstanding women in local government, we will inspire other women to enter and indeed lead in this vital sector.
"The women recognised have not worked in local government in order to seek accolades.
"They have been motivated to succeed - as leaders, advocates, mentors and professionals - because of their commitment to the communities and councils that they serve. I commend them for this commitment.''