2021 NSW Local Government Excellence Awards Winners

The NSW Local Government Excellence Awards celebrate outstanding achievements; whilst promoting innovation and continuous improvement within NSW local government. Through this platform we can demonstrate the excellent work being undertaken by our members and NSW councils, showcasing it throughout the state as well as nationally.

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Asset Management and Infrastructure

Projects over $1.5 million - Population over 100,000
Winner: City of Newcastle | Civic and Community Hub - Customer Service, Digital Library, and Council Chamber
Highly Commended: Northern Beaches Council | Narrabeen Lagoon Boardwalk

Projects over $1.5 million - Population under 100,000
Winner: Narrandera Shire Council | Lake Talbot Water Park

Projects under $1.5 million - Population under 100,000

Winner: Griffith City Council | Village Pathways
Highly Commended: Lake Macquarie City Council | The Bernie Goodwin Memorial Reserve Project Team

Community Development

Winner: Northern Beaches Council | Housing and Homelessness Project
Highly Commended: Burwood Council | Burwood Cares - Four Phase Community Recovery and Resilience Program

Community Partnerships

Population over 100,000
Winner: Wollongong City Council | Carve a New Trail 
Highly Commended: Penrith City Council | Village Café - Pop-Up Vaccination Clinics
Highly Commended: Blacktown City Council | Car Seat Program

Population under 100,000
Winner: Maitland City Council | Maitland Food Assistance Network
Highly Commended: Bellingen Shire Council  | Local and Vocal - Pandemic Response Group

Connected Communities & Regions

Winner: Penrith City Council | Thursday Night Live Lockdown Series

Customer Experience

Winner: Northern Beaches Council | Library2U Northern Beaches Council Library
Highly Commended: Dubbo Regional Council | The Digitalisation of Customer Experience Touch Points 


Disaster Recovery/Emergency Response Management

Population over 100,000

Winner: Shoalhaven City Council | Shoalhaven (Currowan) Bushfire Recovery Action Plan
Highly Commended: Northern Beaches Council | Manly Beach Wave Overtopping Early Warning System and Response

Population under 100,000
Winner: Bega Valley Shire Council | Disaster Resilience, Response and Recovery
Highly Commended: MidCoast Council | 2019-20 Drought Response Project
Highly Commended: Clarence Valley Council  | Strengthening Disaster Resilience in Malabugilmah & Baryulgil Discrete Aboriginal Communities and Implementing Risk Mitigation Infrastructure 

Environmental Leadership

Winner: Randwick City Council | Maroubra Stormwater Harvesting and Outdoor Living Classroom
Highly Commended: Singleton Council | Sustainable Future Singleton
Highly Commended: Georges River Council | Gannons Park Water Quality Improvement and Stormwater Harvesting Scheme

Innovative Leadership

Winner: City of Sydney | Innovation Methodology - Today in Your Village 
Highly Commended: Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils | Procure Recycled: Paving the Way 

Organisational Change

Winner: City of Canterbury Bankstown | Respond. Recover. Thrive. 

People, Workplace, Wellbeing

Winner: Georges River Council | BENE-FIT 360
Highly Commended: Bega Valley Shire Council | Recovery, Resilience and Leadership Program

Special Project Initiative

Population over 100,000
Winner: City of Newcastle | COVID-19 Community & Economic Resilience Package
Highly Commended: Georges River Council | THRIVE!

Population under 100,000
Winner: MidCoast Council | Yalawanyi Ganya Office Centralisation Program Team
Highly Commended: Port Stephens Council | Revamping Rezoning 
Highly Commended: Burwood Council | Print and Post Partnership

Supporting Local Enterprise 

Winner: Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council | Treasure Trail Campaign for Economic Recovery
Highly Commended: Mid-Western Regional Council | Mudgee Region Business and Jobs

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