RH Dougherty Awards

Entries will open mid April 2017

 

The RH Dougherty Awards recognise and encourage greater understanding and communication by councils to their local communities.

The awards are managed by Local Government NSW, and judged by leading experts in the communications field. Special commendations are awarded for work that deserves recognition.

Entries for the Local Government Awards 2017 will open mid April. The winners will be announced at the Local Government Week Awards Evening.

Who was RH Dougherty?

The RH Dougherty Awards were established in 1981 and were named after former Local Government Association President, Robert Henry (Bob) Dougherty.

Cr Dougherty’s life was one of local and community involvement. He worked for over 20 years in Local Government and served on more than 20 local cultural, sporting and community organisations, including Keep Australia Beautiful Council of NSW, the Chatswood District Community Hospital and the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.

Cr Dougherty had a vision of what Local Government should be, one of which was 'to develop real means of communication between councils and their ratepayers', an aim which the Awards serve to encourage, promote and recognise.

View 2016 award winners

View 2015 award winners 

Award Categories

Below is information about the 2017 Award Categories.

Special commendations can be awarded for work that deserves recognition. Councils can enter any category and more than one submission is welcome in all categories. There is no entry fee for the awards. Awards entries will not be accepted after the published deadline, except on private application to LGNSW prior to the date, and only in exceptional circumstances.
 
All material submitted will be retained by LGNSW and may be used for promotional purposes to highlight the awards. The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Please do not include original material that may not be returned to you.
 
Entries fall within the 2016 calendar year; if you have a 2016 project, with results in the first part of 2017 you can enter, but it will not be accepted in the following year.
 
In 2017 there are four award categories:

Reporting to your Community Excellence in Communication

Innovation in Special Events

Outstanding Individual Contribution

Encompasses all forms of community reporting. Councils enter and are judged within their divisions:

• Division A – population less than 30,000

• Division B – population 30,000 – 70,000

• Division C – population more than 70,000

• Division ROCs and County Councils

Public relations campaigns. Councils enter and are judged within their division:

• Division A – population less than 30,000

• Division B – population 30,000 – 70,000

• Division C – population more than 70,000

• Division ROCs and County Councils

Community or special events. Councils enter and are judged within their division:

• Division A – population less than 30,000

• Division B – population 30,000 – 70,000

• Division C – population more than 70,000

• Division ROCs and County Councils

Acknowledges pivotal communications and event staff within Council

• One division only