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RH Dougherty Awards

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

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

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 more than 20 years in local government and served on more than 20 local cultural, sporting and community organisations, including Keep Australia Beautiful Council of NSW, Chatswood District Community Hospital and 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 the awards serve to encourage, promote and recognise.

2020 Award Categories

Councils and county councils that are members of LGNSW are eligible to enter.

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. 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. The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

Entries fall within the 2019 calendar year; if you have a 2019 project, with results in the first part of 2020 you can enter, but it will not be accepted in the following year.

In 2020 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

 

2020 Winners

Reporting to Your Community
Excellence in Communication
Innovation In Special Events
Outstanding Individual Contribution

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