Excellence in the Environment Awards


Denise Anderson
Senior Policy Officer - Environment

Phone: 02 9242 4056
[email protected]

Innovation in Planning, Policies and Decision Making

Sponsored by WolfPeak

Winner Division C, Overall Winner

City of Parramatta Council: Electric Vehicles - Driving a Sustainable Future
The City of Parramatta is positioning itself at the forefront of the electric vehicle (EV) transition through its exemplar policies and guidance, including EV planning controls and EV charging infrastructure guidelines, as well as a refreshed Council Fleet Management Operational Policy.

Parramatta also partnered with the Western Sydney Region Organisation of Councils and other Western Sydney councils to develop the Western Sydney Electric Vehicle Roadmap. 


Parramatta Electric Vehicles

Winner Division A

Yass Valley Council: Sutton Road Strategic Biocertification
Yass Valley worked with landowners and the NSW Government to achieve the first Standard Certification under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. The project achieved upfront protection of the site’s environmental values, certainty for purchasers and higher quality development. It provides an example for other councils to protect biodiversity outcomes alongside a more streamlined development application process. 

Highly Commended Division C

Hunter Joint Organisation: Climate Change Integrated Planning and Reporting Package
The Hunter JO identified a disconnect between councils’ Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) and climate change action.

The JO’s Climate Change IP&R package supports councils to translate strategic climate commitments into resource allocation. It offers tools and templates to embed climate change in their Community Strategic Plan, Delivery Program and Operational Plan. Councils can choose between three commitments levels available; leading, motivated and committed, based on their resources and community values.