Local Government Week Awards


Karen Rolls
Administrative Officer - Events  

Phone: 02 9242 4050 
[email protected]

Thursday 4 November 2021

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Members $88.00 (inc GST)
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see who the finalists are

The Local Government Week Awards recognise the outstanding and innovative contributions that councils make to their communities.

During the awards, which take place as part of Local Government Week, the best projects will be awarded in the following categories:

  • The RH Dougherty Awards for innovation in communication and events,
  • The Leo Kelly OAM Arts and Culture Awards,
  • The LGNSW Planning Awards sponsored by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, and
  • The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) Youth Week Awards

We look forward to having you join us to celebrate the finalists and winners.

Registrations for nominations for the RH Dougherty, Leo Kelly OAM and Planning awards are open now and will close on 31 May.

Note: Applications for the Youth Week Awards are via the funding acquittal form, which is due to DCJ on 30 June 2021. Judging is undertaken by DCJ with recommendations made by the Youth Advisory Council.

Important dates

Applications open


Applications close

31 May 2021

Judging occurs


Award night preparation


Local Government Week Awards Night



The RH Dougherty Awards:

  • recognise outstanding communication and special event achievements by NSW councils and staff in their local communities.
  • are managed by LGNSW and judged by leading experts in the communications field.

The Leo Kelly OAM Arts and Culture Awards:

  • celebrate outstanding achievement by local government organisations in strategic planning and delivery for arts and culture.
  • are managed by LGNSW and judged by judged by a professional panel consisting of an industry professional and two councillors with experience in the arts and culture sector.

The LGNSW Planning Awards:

  • recognise individuals and councils who have demonstrated excellence in planning and development services.
  • are managed by LGNSW and sponsored by the NSW Department of Planning and Industry.
  • And are judged by a professional panel consisting of a DPIE executive, a former local government executive leader and a planning professional within LGNSW.

The fine print:
For these three awards, member, or associate members of LGNSW are welcome to enter, including councils, county councils, JOs, ROCs and associate members of LGNSW. Individual applicants must be employed by a council that  is a member of LGNSW. For the RH Dougherty Awards, individual applicants should be communications and/or event staff. For the Planning Awards, individual applicants should be council executive officers (directors or above) or senior managers. Elected local government officials are not eligible to apply for the individual awards. 
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. Entries will not be accepted after the published deadline, except on private application to LGNSW before the closing 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. Eligible nominations are assessed based on the content provided in the submitted entry form against the criteria The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.


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