Leo Kelly OAM Arts and Culture Awards

The Leo Kelly OAM Arts and Culture Award celebrates outstanding achievement by local government organisations in strategic planning for arts and culture. 

Entries for this inaugural LGNSW award close Monday 5 June 2017 and winners will be announced at the Local Government Week Awards Evening on Thursday 3 August 2017 at Doltone House.

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About the Award

This Award, in honour of the late Councillor Leo Kelly OAM, recognises councils who are leaders in arts and culture and have excelled in strategic policy, planning, delivery and evaluation. This includes:

  • Integrated cultural planning and policy
  • Creative stakeholder engagement
  • Building capacity of the arts and cultural sector.

Eligible projects or initiatives will be judged on whether they:

  • Are innovative and resulted in improvements to cultural planning, policy, delivery and or evaluation
  • Achieved their intended goals with measurable cultural outcomes.

Councils could enter, for example, initiatives or projects that demonstrate:

  • Leadership by a council in developing, implementing and evaluating strategic cultural planning, in particular where initiatives relate to overall integrated planning and reporting
  • Community and stakeholder engagement that utilises best practice or innovative techniques to inform council planning
  • Collaboration across divisions of council in in developing policy, plans, strategies or evaluation techniques.

About Leo Kelly

Councillor Leo Kelly was a passionate and dedicated LGNSW Board member who served from 1983. His service included 15 years as Vice President – Metro on the Local Government Association of NSW Board.
Councillor Kelly was a long serving Blacktown City Councillor and a champion for the arts. He was instrumental in creating the Blacktown Arts Centre and a supporter of the arts through the Blacktown City Art Prize and scholarships for local artists. 
Leo passed away in January 2017.

Award divisions

A winner and highly commended will be awarded within three divisions based on council population:

  • Less than 30,000
  • Between 30,000 to 70,000
  • Greater than 70,000

Eligibility criteria

The project or initiative must have been:

  • Undertaken between January 2015 and January 2017 (future awards will cover the calendar year)
  • Managed by a NSW council (and received the approval of the General Manager)
  • Undertaken by a current member of LGNSW.


Eligible nominations will be assessed based on the content provided in the submitted entry form against the criteria and be judged by a professional panel consisting of industry professionals and LGNSW.