Local Government Week Winners 2019

Local Government Week Awards - 2019

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Award Winners 2019

Read the full list of winners and judges' comments by category below.

RH Dougherty Awards

Excellence in Communication

Division A: less than 30,000

Winner: Upper Hunter Shire Council - We LIVE here

Judges Comments: A good way of communicating. The budget was well-explained, it was a statement of belonging for the community, and a strong brand: We LIVE here!

Highly Commended: Parkes Shire Council - Parkes Business Attraction Campaign

Division B: 30,000 – 70,000

Winner: Bathurst Regional Council - Happy Tails

Judges Comments: All Council’s should have this initiative, ensuring animals get returned or re-homed using social media is a good job. This is a clear winner.

Division C: more than 70,000

Winner: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council - Meet the Hastings Family – Which Bin?

Judges Comments: Created a little family that people connected with. Innovative, great promotion to educate users, good distribution.

Highly Commended: City of Canada Bay - Canada Bay’s Bag it, Bin it dog litter reduction campaign.

Reporting to your Community

Division A: less than 30,000

Winner: Mid-Western Regional Council - Community News Bulletin

Judges Comments: The judges were Impressed with the impact on community for the dollar and value of money spent. It was also a great use of social media

Division B: 30,000 – 70,000

Winner: Bega Valley Shire Council - We’ve got you covered

Judges Comments: Informative, concise, innovative with a good visual presentation. Anyone who includes a picture of their mayor in PJs deserves an award.

Division C: more than 70,000

Winner: Tweed Shire Council - Tweed Emergency Dashboard

Judges Comments: When their community was facing devastation, hardship and tragedy the Tweed Emergency Dashboard was pulled together quickly and was of service to the community.

Highly Commended: Inner West Council - Inner West Council website

Innovation in Special Events

Division A: less than 30,000

Winner: Bland Shire Council - The Big Football

Judges comments: The tiny village of Ungarie (population 557) managed to attract 2,000 people to this event. It’s an innovative way of acknowledging a special local family and it also stimulated tourism for the local community. Great application.

Highly Commended: Edward River Council - Small Business Month 2018

Division B: 30,000 to 70,000

Joint Winners 

Bega Valley Shire Council - FOGOmentary Premier

Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council - Queanbeyan’s Music by the River - 2018

Judges comments: 

Bega – Great idea getting children involved, it gives them ownership in an innovative way, and they help to get their families involved in the process. Innovative and progressive event, a credit to those involved.

Queanbeyan – This is culture done well by council and a wonderfully successful event that activated the new parkland area created by council

Highly Commended: Cessnock City Council - Together we deliver City of Cessnock NAIDOC Week 2018

Division C: more than 70,000

Winner: Randwick City Council - Eco Living Expo

Judges Comments: Use of social media helped with significant growth and development of the festival and with creating better ecological outcomes.

Highly Commended: Waverley Council - Bondi Feast 2018

Division D: Division ROCs and County Councils

Winner: Rous County Council - Big Scrub Rainforest Day

Judges Comments: Good project for County Councils to be involved in if you want people to appreciate the natural environment. The Community Lecture Program is noteworthy.

Outstanding Individual Contribution

Winner: George McCormick - Walgett Shire Council

Judges Comments: George has delivered quite profound results in his engagement with young people in his community and through their schools. He has made a wonderful contribution despite limited resources spread over several communities where the distances impact lifestyle. He’s pretty amazing.


Local Government NSW Planning Awards

Excellence in Leadership Award

Division B: Outstanding individual contribution

Winner: Elizabeth Lambert - Lake Macquarie City Council

Division C: Outstanding individual contribution

Winner: Monica Cologna - Cumberland Council

Culture Change Innovation and Excellence Award

Division B: Large Regional Council

Winner: Coffs Harbour City Council - PlaceScore and Planning for a Compact City

Joint Highly Commended: 

Byron Shire Council - Car Share Pilot 

Cessnock City Council - Branxton Town Centre

Division C: Metropolitan Council

Winner: North Sydney Council - Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability

Joint Highly Commended: 

Inner West Council - Creating the GreenWay

Randwick City Council - ICARE Values


Leo Kelly OAM Arts and Culture Awards

Division A: less than 30,000 population 

Winner: Snowy Valleys Council - NAIDOC Week 2018 – Celebrating Wiradjuri

Division B: from 30,000 – 70,000 population

Winner: Bathurst Regional Council - RE-ORG Bathurst

Division C: more than 70,000 population

Joint Winners: 

City of Canada Bay - While You are Here ... Virtual Traces of Rhodes 

Mosman Council - New Sacred Exhibition


Youth Awards

Best Ongoing Commitment to Local Youth Week Programs

Joint Winners: Camden Council and Walgett Shire Council

Best Small Council with the Most Outstanding Youth Week Program

Winner: Walgett Shire Council

Best Local Youth Week Program

Joint Winners: Brewarrina Shire Council and Forbes Shire Council

Most Innovative Youth Week Program

Winner: Brewarrina Shire Council