On Thursday June 7, over 500 local government professionals gathered at Doltone House – Darling Island to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the sector at the Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW LG Awards Dinner, where the NSW Local Government Excellence Awards were announced.

These awards recognise and showcase the pinnacle of excellence in the local government sector in NSW and significant achievements by NSW councils over the past year as well as the outstanding professional development achievements of the association’s members.

The Minister for the Environment, Minister for Local Government, and Minister for Heritage the Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP has congratulated the sector for their achievements over the last year.

This year there were a record number of nominations for the NSW Local Government Excellence Awards spanning 12 categories, reflecting the hard work of the professionals working in local government across the state.

President of Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW Barry Smith was impressed by the sector’s strong turnout at this event and the high quality of the submissions.

“The local government sector is at the front line supporting communities across New South Wales, and we are thrilled to see a record number of nominations and attendees acknowledging the sector’s professionalism and dedication” said Barry Smith, President LG Professionals, NSW.



Asset Management and Infrastructure Initiatives Projects

Recognising initiatives that maximise benefits to the community and showcase projects that develop and manage community assets.

Projects Over $1.5 million

Winner: Ku-ring-gai Council | North Turramurra Recreation Area

Highly Commended: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council | The New Stingray Creek Bridge


Projects Under $1.5 million

Winner: Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council | Apex Park Redevelopment


Community Development and Services

Recognising leadership in community services as evidenced by way of corporate process improvements, a particular project initiative, innovation in management and leadership practices.

Winner: Campbelltown City Council | Campbelltown City Library’s IT & Biscuits Program

Highly Commended: Shoalhaven City Council |Gen Connect Program


Community Partnerships and Collaboration

Recognising genuine and effective partnerships and collaborations that have resulted in better outcomes for council, as well as initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to working with and/or in the community to achieve positive outcomes.

Population over 60,000

Winner: Northern Beaches Council | The PCYC Project

Highly Commended: City of Canada Bay |Rising Tide and Penrith City Council | Penrith Health Action Plan (HAP)


Population under 60,000

Winner: Lismore City Council | The Lismore Community Solar (LCS) Initiative

Highly Commended: Blayney Shire Council |The Healthy and Happy Wellness Challenge (HHWC) and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council | Queanbeyan’s Music by the River


Creative Communities

Recognising excellence in bring together communities through art and cultural creative projects.

Winner: Bland Shire Council | Silo Art Project

Highly Commended: Central Coast Council | Maliga - Regional Indigenous Arts and Culture Development and Randwick City Council | NOX Sculpture Exhibition


Environmental Leadership and Sustainability

Recognising dedication to sustainability as evidenced by the implementation of corporate process improvements, projects or initiatives that demonstrate significant real or potential benefit to the environment.

Winner: Central Coast Council | Tuggerah Lakes Digital Resource and Communication Program

Highly Commended: Ku-ring-gai Council | The Wild Things Program and Riverina Water County Council | Reducing Plastic Waste in Wagga


Innovative Leadership and Management

Recognising innovative projects that demonstrate new ways of leadership, and where positive changes to leadership and management of councils is made.

Winner: Cumberland Council | Youth Participation & Programs Team

Highly Commended: City of Canterbury-Bankstown | Integrated Change Management Program


Local Economic Contribution

Recognising innovation in leadership and management for a project/initiative that has enhanced the economic wellbeing of their local government area and increased the value proposition to ratepayers and residents

Population over 60,000

Winner: Cumberland Council | The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival

Population under 60,000

Winner: Temora Shire Council | Temora Agricultural Innovation Centre (TAIC)



Operational Performance Enhancement

Recognising the initiatives in performance excellence and enhancement of those councils participating in the Australasian Local Government Performance Excellence Program with regards to taking an evidence-based approach to prioritise change to achieve overall business improvement.

Winner: Wollongong City Council | City Works Division


Organisational Diversity and Inclusion

Recognising achievements that acknowledge, support and celebrate diversity and inclusion in relation to internal practices and/or within the broader community context.

Winner: City of Sydney | Pay and Gender Gap Program


Risk Management

Recognising the community and/or Council benefits (strategic, operational or financial) delivered through the identification, control and mitigation of risks within a council’s unique risk profile.

Winner: Lake Macquarie City Council | Lake Macquarie City Council’s Risk Initiative Program


Service Delivery Initiative

Recognising initiatives that demonstrate best practice, or reflect excellence in the delivery of services to the community or a specified target market that is able to be continued on an ongoing basis.

Population over 60,000

Winner: Campbelltown City Council | Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) Workshops

Highly Commended: City of Sydney | Development Contributions Calculator


Population under 60,000

Winner: Narrabri Shire Council | The Baan Baa Project

Highly Commended: Snowy Monaro Regional Council | Extensive Service Review Analysis Projects


Special Project Initiative

Recognising leadership where an individual, team or council has developed a concept or practice that significantly improves the business in which they work, development of processes or practices that has had a major impact on the organisation or its customers.

Population over 60,000

Winner: Wollongong City Council | Wollongong Waste and Resource Recovery Park

Highly Commended: Georges River Council | The Georgie the Dragon Mascot and Tweed Shire Council | Tweed Shire Council’s Critical Response Group


Population under 60,000

Winner: Lachlan Shire Council | The Showground Pavilion

Highly commended: Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council | Summer Activation Community Event

About LG Professionals, NSW

Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW is the leading association representing all professionals in NSW local government and is part of a national federation of associations. The organisation is committed to maintaining high professional and ethical standards and ensuring that its members are at the forefront of leadership, change and innovation.

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