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Entries are now open for the 2018 National Awards for Local Government

02 February 2018

The National Awards for Local Government is an annual celebration of Australian local government achievements. The Awards highlight innovative and resourceful solutions that local governments have implemented to make a difference within their communities. The Awards are administered by the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities with support from sponsoring Australian Government departments, Woodside Energy Ltd. and LG Professionals Australia.

Entries opened on 22 January and will close on 2 March 2018. Further information on submission guidelines and award categories is available on the National Awards for Local Government website.

2017 National Awards for Local Government

Congratulations to all the 2017 National Awards for Local Government category winners!

Winner—National Award for Excellence
Winner—Innovation to Create More Liveable Australian Cities

Wyndam City Council, Victoria
WynLens—Visualisation, Analysis and Modelling of a Holographic City

Development of new three-dimensional virtual reality technology potentially transforming local government engagement, planning and service delivery by allowing stakeholders and residents to visualise proposed development.

Winner—Arts Animates—excellence in capacity building and innovation

Coorong District Council, South Australia
Creating Coonalpyn

A region-wide arts project, arising from Council’s desire to beautify its civic centre. The project includes a spectacular towering mural painted on the 30-metre high Coonalpyn silos.

Winner—Boosting Productivity through Infrastructure

Gladstone Regional Council, Queensland
Waste Powering Gladstone’s Greener Future: The Benaraby Landfill Gas-to-Power Project

A project capturing and extracting potentially harmful gas generated by the landfill waste and converting it into green power in an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable manner.

Winner—Contributing to Regional Growth

Meander Valley Council, Tasmania
Valley Central Industrial Precinct, Westbury

Development of a prime 127-hectare industrial precinct, created through an innovative partnership between Council and private landholders to meet the needs of local large volume industries.

Winner—Digital Innovation in Local Government

Southern Grampians Shire Council, Victoria
Digital Transformation of a rural community—a journey

Aims to ensure that the community takes advantage of opportunities that digital transformation provides. The Council is establishing a strong local digital ecosystem to become Victoria’s first Smart Connected Rural Community.

Winner—Disability Access and Inclusion

Brisbane City Council, Queensland
Brisbane Access and Inclusion Plan 2012–2017 Implementation

The development of a universal access plan extending well beyond compliance minimums by incorporating a genuine policy objective of social inclusion to improve the accessibility and inclusiveness of the city and promote community well-being.

Winner—Excellence in Road Safety

Logan City Council, Queensland
Flooded Road Smart Warning System

Development of an innovative road warning system to reduce the risk of vehicles driving into dangerous floodwaters by utilising automated flashing lights signage to overcome driver desensitisation to conventional flood warning signs.

Winner—Multicultural Australia—Strength in Diversity

City of West Torrens, South Australia
Summer Festival

The City of West Torrens Summer Festival is a series of events offering a diverse range of activities and experiences aiming to reduce discrimination by creating a vibrant and inclusive cultural environment that values diversity.

Winner—Promoting Indigenous Recognition

Sutherland Shire Council, New South Wales
Nganampa Kililpil: OUR STARS

A major 2016 art exhibition project in collaboration with over 100 artists from seven major Aboriginal art centres from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara Lands in remote South Australia.

Winner—Youth Economic Participation

Shire of Kalamunda, Western Australia
Youth Employment

The Kalamunda Careers Expo brings together schools, universities, training providers, career development pathway providers and local employers for one day a year to make a lifetime of difference for young people in the Shire.

Further information on the 2017 winning and shortlisted projects, as well as category sponsors, is available at the National Awards for Excellence website and the 2017 National Awards for Local Government Winners Book.