2022 National Federation Award Winners
Blanche Perry Diversity and Inclusion Award
This is a new award, and very exciting to hear what councils are doing.
The Diversity and Inclusion Award honours Blanche Perry, the first woman ever appointed to the role of Shire Clerk, at Nebo Council, in Queensland, which is now part of Isaac Regional Council.
Blanche Perry was just 26 at the time of her appointment and held the Shire Clerk role from 1908 until her resignation in 1917.
The Diversity and Inclusion Award recognises councils that lead the way in developing a diverse and inclusive workforce through strategies, programs, policies, and practices. This award recognises and promotes the positive contribution made by a Councils that demonstrates a holistic and long-term commitment to diversity and inclusion within local government.
Winner: Burke Shire Council - Staff Housing Initiative
Community Service Delivery Award
The Community Service Delivery Award recognises local councils who have used their skills and expertise to deliver exceptional outcomes for community which have made a positive difference to people’s lives.
The Award showcases a project, program, practice or other council initiative, that delivered measurable citizen impact, outlining their innovative approaches and deliverables for how the initiative advances community wellbeing.
Highly commended: Brimbank City Council - Safer Families in Brimbank
Highly commended: Cumberland City Council - Community Support Hubs
Highly commended: City of Adelaide - Permit Assessment Process
Winner: Ipswich City Council - Children's Library
Emerging Leader Award
The Emerging Leader Award is an individual award that recognises a rising star, aged 35 or under, currently working in local government.
The Award recognises young professionals who have already made a notable contribution to the sector and have demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service.
Winner: Cassie Curruli, Shire of Harvey
Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Award
The Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Award recognises councils that have developed and/or delivered ambitious decarbonisation strategies which put them on a net-zero carbon trajectory.
Entrants for this category are not required to have a firm net-zero target in place, but our judges will be looking for credible strategies or actions which seek to drastically reduce emissions through clean technologies, innovative energy systems and unique management approaches.
Highly commended: Logan City Council - Net Zero and Next Gen Climate Change Resilient Council
Highly commended: City of Cockburn - Renewable Energy Program
Winner: Darebin City Council - Victorian Energy Collaboration
Innovative Management Initiative Award
Innovative Management Initiative Award celebrates outstanding councils using innovative ideas and solutions to tackle challenges facing their operations and services.
Nominees must describe the problem or challenge faced, and the approach taken to remedy it, with an emphasis on showcasing expertise, innovation, initiative, and the value of the outcome.
Highly commended: Central Coast Council - Fleet and Driver Management Transformation
Highly commended: City of Stirling - Relationship Management System
Winner: Wollondilly Shire Council - The Integrated Service Delivery Program Project
Partnerships and Collaboration Award
The Partnership and Collaboration Award recognises a council which has joined a business relationship with one or more organisation to achieve shared goals which deliver an identifiable community benefit.
The benefit can be a project or service models that serve and strengthen the greater community good.
Highly commended: Shire of Donnybrook - BALINGUP - Station Square Precinct
Highly commended: Shellharbour City Council - The Waterfront, Shell Cove
Winner: Baloone Shire Council - The Hub
Raymond West Lifetime Achievement Award
This is also the first time this award will be given.
The Raymond West Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates and recognises those who have been in the local government for over 25 years.
Raymond West was the Town Planner in Shepparton, in country Victoria, from 1927 to 1960. West exemplified a life dedicated to public service. His legacy includes founding the organisation that grew into LG professionals.
The award is for an individual in recognition of significant and enduring contribution to the local government sector, and for valuable enrichment of the community.
Winner: Graeme Fleming, PSM, Fellow