Maitland councillor Henry Meskauskas has been awarded with the prestigious McKell Award for service to the Australian Labor Party.
Cr Meskauskas has been a long-time member of the ALP spending the past 24 years working tirelessly for the party and its State and Federal representatives.
Leader of the State Opposition Luke Foley presented him with the award at a special dinner in Sydney on October 5. Accompanied by wife Carolina to the awards evening, Cr Meskauskas said he was both honoured and humbled. He was nominated by Federal Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson and Member for Maitland Jenny Aitchison.
Cr Meskauskas has campaigned for the likes of the late Eric Fitzgibbon, his son and Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon, former Member for Maitland John Price, Mrs Aitchison and Mrs Swanson, former Member for Maitland the late Allan Walsh and former Member for Maitland Frank Terenzini.
The award was named after former NSW Premier William McKell. Mr McKell who also served as the 12th Governor-General of Australia and was in office from 1947 to 1953. He had previously been Premier of NSW from 1941 to 1947. “It was great to be recognised by my party peers and I am very humbled and honoured,” Cr Meskauskas said.
The award recognises Cr Meskauskas’ “meritorious service to the party” – his two decades of service and countless hours of voluntary work carried out for the ALP and its members at all levels of government.