2021 Local Government Excellence Awards Winners

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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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