The Local Government Professional Australia, NSW 2019 Local Government Excellence Awards are on track to be our biggest yet, with more than 150 nominations submitted from more than 60 councils state wide.  An opportunity to celebrate exceptional achievements whilst encouraging innovation and continuous improvement in NSW local government, the submissions have included a vast array of projects and initiatives across the eleven categories, a testament to the amazing work being achieve in local government. With such a high calibre of submissions, the task of determining the finalists proved challenging and we are pleased to announce the finalists for each category are as follows:

Asset Management and Infrastructure Initiatives


Projects over $1.5 million
  • Bayside Council | Eastgardens Library and Customer Service Centre Refurbishment
  • Blayney Shire Council | Browns Creek Road Bridge Replacement Project (Cowriga & Sugarloaf Creeks)
  • Central Coast Council | Terrigal CBD Traffic Flow Improvement Works
  • City of Canada Bay Council | The Bay Run Timberell Drive, Five Dock
  • Clarence Valley Council | Playgrounds Asset Management Plan
  • Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council | Gundagai Main Street Upgrade 
  • Goulburn Mulwaree Council | Southern Tablelands Water Reuse Infrastructure Scheme - Stage 1 Construction of the Goulburn Membrane Bioreactor Wastewater Treatment Plant 
  • Kyogle Council | Kyogle Water Supply Augmentation
  • Lake Macquarie City Council | Pasterfield Sports Complex
  • Lismore City Council | South Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade
  • Mosman Council | Balmoral Foreshore Precinct Development
  • Northern Beaches Council | Church Point Precinct Upgrades
  • Parkes Shire Council | TechOne EAP Maintenance Database Implementation for Parkes new WTP, STP, and AWRF
  • Tweed Shire Council | Kingscliff Foreshore Revitalisation Project
Projects under $1.5 million
  • Campbelltown City Council | Bridge Management Strategy
  • Central Coast Council | Somersby Water Treatment Plant Sewer Pump Station
  • City of Canada Bay Council | 5 Senses Garden, Rhodes Park
  • Cumberland Council | Asset Data Harmonisation and Mapping Project
  • Georges River Council | Jubilee Park Adventure Playground and Community Centre
  • Lake Macquarie City Council | Belmont Baths Redevelopment
  • Lane Cove Council | Mindarie Park 
  • Leeton Shire Council | Water and Waste Water Telemetry Replacement Project
  • Narrandera Shire Council | Investigation of Seal Life in South West NSW
  • Wollongong City Council | Self-Cleaning Detention Basin Technology

Community Development and Services

  • Northern Beaches Council | Innovation in Structure - Community Librarian
  • Northern Beaches Council | Nourishing Little Scientists and Engineers
  • Northern Beaches Council | Supporting Reconciliation Across our Education and Care Services
  • Port Macquarie-Hastings Council | Dementia Friendly Project 
  • Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council | The Storybook Cafe
  • Randwick City Council | Lexington Place Community Hub
  • Shoalhaven City Council | My Theatre Mates

Community Partnerships and Collaboration proudly sponsored by Telstra


Population over 60,000
  • City of Canada Bay Council | Homebush Bay Circuit
  • City of Canterbury-Bankstown Council | Community Voice Panel for Feedback on the Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy
  • Cumberland Council | Women In Sport Roadshow
  • Fairfield City Council | CCTV Collaboration Between Fairfield City Council and Fairfield Police Area Command (PAC)
  • Inner West Council | Reaching Out: Creating an Inner West Homelessness Outreach Program
  • Northern Beaches Council | Tiny Doors
  • Randwick City Council | NSW Golf Course Coastal Walkway Construction 
  • Shoalhaven City Council | Freedom of Entry Navy Parade and Street Party Celebration
  • Shoalhaven City Council | Parramatta Park - East Nowra - Learn to Ride Facility (LTRF)
  • Sutherland Shire Council | Walk the Walls Festival - Caringbah
  • Tweed Shire Council | Tweed Shire Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Mapping Project
  • Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick Councils | Solar My School
Population under 60,000
  • Albury City Council | Albury Wodonga Repair Café
  • Bellingen Shire Council | Homes for Our Future - Engaging the Community on a New Growth Management Strategy for Bellingen Shire
  • Bland Shire Council | The Big Football - A Tribute to the Danihers
  • Eurobodalla Shire Council | Narooma Men's Shed
  • Gunnedah Shire Council | Bookends Literacy Assist 
  • Lachlan Shire Council | Tottenham Pool Amenities Upgrade
  • Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council | The Storybook Cafe
  • Snowy Valleys Council | NAIDOC Week 2019 - Celebrating Wiradjuri
  • Wollondilly Shire Council | Activate Wollondilly

Creative Communities proudly sponsored by Settlement Services International

  • Bathurst Regional Council | Bathurst Winter Festival
  • Campbelltown City Council | Campbelltown Arts Centre - Lisa Reihana - Cinemania
  • Central Coast Council | Creative Engineers @ The Hub 
  • City of Canada Bay Council | The Digital Gallery at The Connection, Rhodes
  • City of Newcastle | The James and Jacqui Erskine Pledge to the Newcastle Art Gallery Collection
  • Lismore City Council | Lismore Regional Gallery/Lismore Quadrangle
  • Northern Beaches Council | Creative Made 
  • Northern Beaches Council | Tiny Doors
  • Port Macquarie-Hastings Council | Artsmarts Program - Developing Local Talent 
  • Riverina Water County Council | Reservoir Murals Project
  • Tweed Shire Council | The Gallery DownTown - Cultural and Economic Activation of Tweed Shire

Environmental Leadership and Sustainability

  • Blayney Shire Council | The Rehabilitation of Pound Flat, Carcoar Village
  • Central Coast Council | Central Coast Council's 'Keep the Coast Clean' Program
  • City of Canada Bay Council | Raising the Bar in Litter Prevention
  • Leeton Shire Council | Asbestos Moratorium
  • MidCoast Council | Tuncurry Waste Management Centre Redevelopment
  • Northern Beaches Council | Swap This For That - Say No to Single Use Plastics
  • Port Macquarie-Hastings Council | Port Macquarie Airport Biodiversity Certification
  • Port Stephens Council | Implementation of Port Stephens Council's Environmental Management System 
  • Randwick City Council | Randwick's Environmental Levy, Getting Sustainability Done in Randwick
  • Shoalhaven City Council | Sustainable Management of Grey Headed Flying Fox at Bomaderry
  • Waverley Council | Embedding Environmental Sustainability at Waverley Council
  • Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick Councils | Solar My School

Excellence in People and Culture proudly sponsored by CouncilJobs


Population over 60,000
  • Bayside Council | Behaviours@Bayside - Values Video
  • City of Canada Bay Council | Horizontal Service Review
  • City of Canterbury-Bankstown Council | Creating our CBCity Culture
  • Cumberland Council | Salary System and Working Conditions Harmonisation
  • Georges River Council | Design Thinking for Performance and Engagement
  • Lake Macquarie City Council | Lake Macquarie City Council Business Improvement Initiative
  • Liverpool City Council | Liverpool City Accreditation as a Pan Pacific Safe Community
  • Northern Beaches Council | Innovation in Structure - Community Librarian
  • Port Macquarie-Hastings Council | Millennials - Workforce of the Future
  • Port Stephens Council | Implementation of Local Government Capability Framework and Extension to Human Resource Information System (HRIS) Modules
  • Riverina Water County Council | Nurturing Nepal - Staff Growth Through an Altruistic Partnership
  • Shellharbour City Council | Shellharbour City Council CAIRS, the Story of Our Core Values

Population under 60,000

  • Clarence Valley Council | Quarterly Coordinators Forum
  • Eurobodalla Shire Council | Organisational Values and Behaviours
  • Gwydir Shire Council | Gwydir - Reflects and Respects
  • Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council | QPRC Safety and Wellbeing Exp 2018
  • Singleton Council | Safety SURVIVOR Singleton
  • Wollondilly Shire Council | Total Rewards Framework

Innovative Leadership and Management proudly sponsored by Blackadder Associates

  • Bathurst Regional Council | RE-ORG Bathurst
  • Central Coast Council | Business Excellence in Roads Transport Drainage and Waste
  • City of Canada Bay Council | Horizontal Service Review
  • Edward River Council | Edward River Council LEAN Transformation Program
  • Lake Macquarie City Council | Reconfiguring Our Organisation
  • Randwick City Council | Datacentre Transformation Project
  • Randwick City Council | The 3-Council Regional Environment Program between Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils
  • Southern Sydney Regional Organisations of Councils | Program for Energy and Environmental Risk Solutions - PEERS
  • Waverley Council | Embedding Environmental Sustainability at Waverley Council
  • Wollondilly Shire Council | Wollondilly State & Federal Issues Paper 2018

Local Economic Contribution 

  • Campbelltown City Council | Love Leumeah Community Hub
  • City of Canterbury-Bankstown Council | 2018 Lakemba Ramadan Festival
  • City of Sydney Council | 365 Days of Local Economies #SydneyLocal - A Small Business Initiative Designed to Promote our Villages
  • Dubbo Regional Council | Dubbo Region Ignite Program 
  • Edward River Council | Visit Deni Destination Marketing Campaign 
  • Gilgandra Shire Council | Cooee Cash
  • Lismore City Council | Eat the Street Lismore
  • Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council | Queanbeyan Christmas in July - Winter Dream

Performance Excellence proudly sponsored by PWC

  • City of Canada Bay Council | Horizontal Service Review
  • Clarence Valley Council | Process Improvement Methodology (PIM)
  • Coffs Harbour City Council | Responsible Leave Project

Service Delivery Initiative proudly sponsored by StateCover


Population over 60,000
  • Central Coast Council | 1Coast Domestic Waste Service - Get It Sorted Central Coast
  • City of Canada Bay Council | Emerging Technology Programs in the Makerspace Classroom at The Learning Space
  • City of Canterbury-Bankstown Council | #CBKombi
  • City of Newcastle | City of Newcastle Water Safety Education Program (WSEP)
  • City of Parramatta | Let's Dine Out
  • City of Sydney Council | Library Technology Activation
  • Fairfield City Council | Fairfield City Open Libraries Program
  • Northern Beaches Council | Three into One Does Go: Migrating from Three to One Library Management Systems
  • Penrith City Council | Food Safety Program
  • Penrith City Council | Penrith City Council, Innovative Performance Program
Population under 60,000
  • Clarence Valley Council | Bookable
  • Glen Innes Severn Council | Strathbogie Road Gravel Resheeting Project
  • Snowy Valleys Council | Service Level Review
  • Strathfield Council | Get Outdoors & Active Fitness Program

Special Project Initiative


Population over 60,000
  • Bayside Council | Information Access Project
  • Campbelltown City Council | Mobile Education Van
  • Campbelltown City Council | Quiet Carnival Hour
  • Central Coast Council | Business Excellence in Roads Transport Drainage and Waste
  • Central Coast Council | Central Coast Councils' Responsible Pet Ownership Programs
  • City of Canada Bay Council | Best Practice WHS on Contaminated Land
  • Cumberland Council | Book-a-Court 
  • Fairfield City Council | Fairfield City Open Libraries Program
  • Liverpool City Council | Sydney Development Monitor 
  • MidCoast Council | Tuncurry Waste Management Redevelopment
  • Randwick City Council | Randwick Council and UNSW's Household Swimming Pool Efficiency and Rebate Trial
  • Tamworth Regional Council | Customer Service Experience Project

Population under 60,000

  • Bland Shire Council | Bring Flavour to Bland
  • Dubbo Regional Council | Dubbo Region Destination Partnership Program
  • Eurobodalla Shire Council | Eurobodalla Flying Fox Management Plan 2018
  • Forbes Shire Council | Forbes Shire Council Farm to Trade Team - Drought Support Project

Winners of each award category will be announced on Thursday 20 June 2019 at the LG Awards Dinner being held at The Westin, Sydney with the theme ‘Stardust’. This is our night of celebration for all those who have achieved great things for their councils. For tickets visit our website or contact Mia Wall, Events and Programme Coordinator at

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