31 July - 6 August 2017
Local council areas around NSW
Ideas for LG Week activities
Every council and its local area are unique. Why not brainstorm with council staff and people in your community to help come up with new, interesting and meaningful ways to celebrate Local Government Week.
Some ideas are below:
Elect a Local Government Week Ambassador or invite the Citizen of the Year or the Young Citizen of the Year to open Local Government Week events.
Careers in Council
Encourage young people to consider working in Local Government by having staff visit schools to speak about the diversity of their jobs.
Run competitions for different age groups to access as many members of your community as possible. For instance schools, local businesses, individuals, people who work but don't live in your local area and adults from non-English speaking backgrounds. And don't forget - prizes are a good incentive to get people involved!
- Gardening competition
- Writing/essay competition
- Photographic competition - Run a competition through the local newspaper and produce a website, publication or calendar or run the winning entries in the newspaper.
- Create a postcard competition - Members of the community (school kids, students, adults) can create postcards that detail issues that they see climate change is affecting in their local area. The image on the front of the card would be any visual image or photograph that records the qualities of a particular issue or place and on the back of the card, they would briefly write an explanation of the issue they have chosen. The postcards could be exhibited by the council, collated into a publication or website, or produced by the council for sale or promotion.
- Build a diorama competition - School or university students can build a 3D model of a special place in their community - for example a playground, street, neighbourhood, suburb, the park, lake, reserve, foreshore, shopping centre, library, growers market or retail precinct. Set measurements and guidelines for this.
- Marketing: cross market with other council activities, websites, common subject matters, community groups, and your local paper.
- Consider social media when communicating your information – it’s also a great way to run competitions and attract people to your Facebook page.
- Use the LG Week logos and posters provided on this website
- Use the media release template provided on this website
- Try and include a multi-cultural aspect to your event/initiative to attract the various cultural backgrounds that make up your community.
- Survey people at your events and ask how they learned about your event/activity – this information will help you decide the best methods to communicate information about LG Week the following year.
- Measure your outcomes: evaluate attendance, measure by numbers or total of monies collected or spent; distribution and penetration of information.