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Appendix I : National Awards for Local Government

National and special award winners 2002
Category award winners 2002

The National Awards for Local Government (the Awards) were established in 1986 to foster and acknowledge innovation and continuous improvement in Local Government. The Awards are managed by the National Office of Local Government within the Commonwealth Department of Transport and Regional Services. The 2002 Awards were launched at the Local Government Managers, Australia (LGMA) National Congress in Sydney on 13 May 2002 and were presented at the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National General Assembly in Alice Springs on 4 November 2002.

The Awards are funded by sponsorship from a number of Commonwealth Government agencies. In 2002, these sponsors were the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources: Business Entry Point, the Department of the Environment and Heritage: Environment Australia, the Department of Family and Community Services, the Department of Health and Ageing, and the Department of Transport and Regional Services.

The Awards identify and promote innovation and excellence in Local Government. They celebrate the collective contribution that all councils continue to make to the health, vitality, prosperity and welfare of the communities they serve, while continuing to maintain the traditional responsibilities of Local Government. They also highlight the diverse role of Local Government in improving the economic, social and environmental outcomes for their communities. In 2002 the Awards were expanded to include excellence.

The 2002 Awards attracted 373 entries across 11 categories. This is an increase of 25 per cent over the number of entries received in 2001.

2002 Awards categories and sponsors were:

  • Business and Regional Development - sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Transport and Regional Services: Rural Transaction Centre
  • Community Services - sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services
  • Engineering and Infrastructure, Planning and Urban Design - sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Transport and Regional Development: National Office of Local Government
  • Environment: Natural Resource Management: Partnerships for Biodiversity Conservation - sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Heritage: Environment Australia
  • Environment: Sustaining Local Communities - Local Agenda 21 - sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Heritage: Environment Australia
  • Financial Management - sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Transport and Regional Services: National Office of Local Government
  • Health Services and Aged Care - sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing
  • Information Technology - sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources: Business Entry Point
  • Organisational Practices - sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Transport and Regional Development: National Office of Local Government
  • Youth Services - sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services
  • a Special Award for Strengthening Indigenous Communities - sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services.

Judging of the 11 categories was undertaken by representatives from the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA), category sponsors and industry bodies

National judging for the 2002 Awards took place in Canberra on 18 and 19 September 2002. The National Judging Panel, which included an independent chair from the industry sector, an academic specialising in Local Government, representatives from ALGA, LGMA and the department, selected the national winners following presentations from the category award winners.

Summaries of all entries for the 2002 National Awards for Local Government are included in the publication Leading Practice in Local Government Guide Book 2002. The guide book was circulated to all Local Government bodies in November 2002. It is available on the Internet at Local Practice in Local Government. Additional hard copies of the Guide Book may be ordered by calling 1800 065 113 or by emailing nolg@dotars.gov.au

National and rural winners were announced for the most innovative and excellent entries on 4 November 2002 at the 2002 Australian Local Government Association's National General Assembly in Alice Springs. Two special Awards, one for outstanding achievement and one to celebrate the Year of the Outback were also presented.

National and special award winners 2002

Special Award for Outstanding Achievement

Whittlesea City Council, Vic

FoodSmart - Food Safety Plans Online

In winning the Information Technology Category for the past three years Whittlesea City Council has shown itself to be outstanding in this field. In recognition of demonstrated sustained excellence and innovation in Information Technology Whittlesea City Council was awarded the inaugural Special Award for Outstanding Achievement.

In 2002 City of Whittlesea's FoodSmart: Food Safety Plans Online project saw the development of an online compliance software package for meeting Victorian legislation requirements. This particular project demonstrates how Local Government as leading innovators can develop solutions that have far wider application than their immediate sphere of influence. In developing FoodSmart Whittlesea consulted widely and engaged relevant stakeholders from a number of organisations. The project achieved its objectives of delivering a solution that simplifies the legislative requirements for food businesses and assists Local Government in assessing food safety plans. It delivers efficiency gains and lowers costs, benefiting local food businesses as well as Local Government. The benefits of the project have already been shared across the State of Victoria and these benefits have the potential to spill into other states.

Contact Mr Neill Hocking
Telephone (03) 9217-2335
Fax (03) 9217-2111
Email nfh@whittlesea.vic.gov.au
National Award for Innovation

Shire of Gingin, WA

Perth North Region Emergency Service Directory and Avon Emergency Services Directory

The Perth North Region Emergency Service Directory and Avon Emergency Service Directory project provided an excellent example of innovative practice in the partnering of large and small councils to achieve a shared objective of significance to all the communities involved. The sharing of resources and costs permitted the undertaking of a large project that councils, particularly the smaller councils, individually might not have been able to achieve. The collaboration of the seven Local Government Authorities, four State government agencies and St John's Ambulance was a significant coordination exercise and partnership for Local Government. The involvement of district volunteers in the data collection, mapping and verification ensured the shared ownership in the product and its subsequent veracity. This across-region approach to emergency service delivery engenders the security of knowing, during a major regional emergency, that all units of all services are working from a single, verified data source. The process is readily and simply transferable to a huge number of areas across Australia and internationally.

Contact Mrs Wendy Harris
Telephone (08) 9575-2211
Fax (08) 9575-2121
Email wharris@ginginwa.iinet.net.au
National Rural Award for Innovation

Kingaroy Shire Council, Qld

Kingaroy and South Burnett Medical Workforce Strategy

Of major concern to rural communities and health authorities alike is hospital closures and the recruitment and retention of health care professionals. The Kingaroy & South Burnett Medical Workforce Strategy is the Kingaroy Shire Council's response to shortages of general practitioners and specialists, and also declining hospital services. These difficulties, experienced in rural communities all over Australia, have been addressed by the Kingaroy Shire Council through the development of a comprehensive and successful series of measures to overcome these problems. This project is innovative in its most holistic approach to overcoming general practice and specialist shortages and in its development in collaboration with a wide range of key stakeholders including the community. The planning model has been meticulously documented with the whole model being easily transferable to other Local Government bodies and rural health services.

Contact Mr Ron Turner
Telephone (07) 4162-6204
Fax (07) 4162-4806
Email Rturner@kingaroy.qld.gov.au
National Award for Excellence

Tumut Shire Council, NSW

Development of a paper mill in Tumut Shire

Tumut Shire Council was proactive in initiating and facilitating a significant paper mill development in its Shire. Tumut's consultation strategy was of particular excellence, and their community consultation process proved vital for the mill's acceptance. Council played a key role in ensuring effective community consultation: firstly, to raise the initiative with the community and confirm its interest in attracting a pulp mill; and secondly, in ensuring that such a development would be of a high standard. In a series of community workshops, and through the development of significant partnerships with government and industry, council was able to assist the development of local value adding to the forest industry sector. Council participated with the Commonwealth and State Governments in funding roads and water infrastructure to support the development. The project has also assisted in the arrest of population decline in the Shire, with recent reports showing a 2.5 per cent increase in the Shire's population.

Contact Mr Chris Adams
Telephone (02) 6947-0519
Fax (02) 6947-3999
Email cadams@tumut.nsw.gov.au
National Rural Award for Excellence

Town of Port Hedland, WA

Courthouse Arts Centre and Gallery

The Town of Port Hedland's Courthouse Art Centre and Gallery initiative aimed to positively promote Indigenous culture, foster positive cultural exchanges, and find creative solutions to Indigenous unemployment. The initiative is an excellent example of a productive partnership between the Town of Port Hedland Council, the Hedland Arts Council and the Pilbara Arts Craft and Design Aboriginal Corporation (PACDAC). It is also an excellent example of practical reconciliation and has produced excellent outcomes by increasing indigenous employment and raising the esteem of a large percentage in the community through pride in their artists and crafts people. The project has contributed to the towns' economic development, and with growing interest and support from the local business sector it has the potential to continue to increase the economic and social opportunities for the people of Port Hedland.

Contact Ms Michelle Mackenzie
Telephone (08) 9158-9338
Fax (08) 9173-1766
Email mackenziem@porthedland.wa.gov.au
Special Award to celebrate the Year of the Outback

Cox Peninsula Community Government Council, NT

Electronic water card delivery system

One project, the Cox Peninsular Community Government Council - Electronic Water Card Delivery System, which won a commendation in the Engineering, Infrastructure, Planning and Urban Design Category, attracted the attention of the national judging panel. The system is a prime example of how a public-private partnership can produce an innovative solution regardless of the issue or the size or location of the community. The system has wide application and is indicative of the resourcefulness and ingenuity that are the hallmarks of communities in the Australian outback.

In this the Year of the Outback and particularly at a time when the Australian countryside is being ravaged by drought, the tenacity of a small rural council in looking for an innovative solution to water distribution in their harsh environment was thought worthy of special mention and of the presentation of a Special Award to celebrate the Year of the Outback.

Contact Mr Graham Watson
Telephone (08) 9878-5185
Fax (08) 9878-5100
Email coxcouncil@bigpond.com

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Category award winners 2002

Business and regional development

Sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Transport and Regional Services: Rural Transaction Centre Programme

This award recognises Local Government's key role in encouraging business and regional development either by an individual council or by a regional group of councils.

In fostering regional business development, the Rural Transaction Centre Programme of the Department of Transport and Regional Services, is proud to recognise innovative and excellent partnerships including those with private enterprise, education and training providers, community groups and other spheres of government. Examples include:

  • improving access to services by smaller communities
  • improving business infrastructure
  • assisting business ventures
  • facilitating transport
  • improving export opportunities
  • tourism.
Category winner

City of Playford, SA

Best practice economic development model for an industrial council

The City of Playford has developed a best practice economic development model to directly contribute to long-term and sustainable economic development in the region. The model arises from the development of new markets and export opportunities with over 200 companies participating in the project.

Contact Mr Rodin Genoff
Telephone (08) 8254-0229
Fax (08) 8254-1190
Email rgenoff@playford.sa.gov.au
Rural winner

Tumut Shire Council, NSW

Development of a paper mill in Tumut Shire

Tumut Shire Council worked with Commonwealth and State agencies to attract Visy Industries to the Shire to construct a world's best practice paper mill. Council convened community workshops since 1996, followed by community workshops conducted by Visy in 1998 and 1999. The result was that when the construction of the mill began in late 1999 there was only one protester. The mill has brought considerable economic activity and prosperity to the Shire, with 1080 jobs expected to be created when the mill is fully operational. The positive approach taken by Council and the community toward this major economic opportunity can be taken as a positive example for other councils to work with their communities to achieve community benefits.

Contact Mr Chris Adams
Telephone (02) 6947-0519
Fax (02) 6947-3999
Email cadams@tumut.nsw.gov.au

Community services

Sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services

This Award recognises the ongoing role of Local Government in providing and improving community services. The Award focuses particularly on the contribution of Local Government to strengthening families and communities through building community capacity, developing local solutions to local problems and addressing community services issues using innovative government, community and business partnerships.

The following list of community services that fall within this award is intended to be indicative rather than comprehensive.

Community services for the purpose of this Award may include:

  • arts and culture
  • child care
  • emergency services
  • providing for people with a non-English speaking background
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Council projects, for example increasing participation in elections, representation in Local Government authorities, disseminating native title information, networking, brokering
  • promoting community services, citizenship, cultural and educational opportunities
  • improving communication and cooperation between government, business, community and volunteer organisations, especially in meeting the challenges addressing the problems of marginalised groups in society
  • initiating community-based ventures that enhance social connections and networks within local communities.
Category winner

Melbourne City Council, Vic

Relocated Project

The project's objectives were to document the demolition and redevelopment of the Kensington public housing estate, to celebrate the contribution made by tenants to the local community, and to acknowledge the impact of the redevelopment on the community. The project has shown the benefits of Local Government making long-term investment in cultural development projects. The longer time frame of the project necessitated planning across financial years and allowing flexibility of outcome; however, this investment, once made, has positive impacts for the communities involved as it enabled a project to work to a community's timeline.

Contact Ms Jane Crawley
Telephone (03) 9658-9935
Fax (03) 9658-8436
Email jancra@melbourne.vic.gov.au
Rural winner

Shire of Gingin, WA

Perth North Region Emergency Service Directory and Avon Emergency Services Directory

The Perth North Region and Avon Emergency Service Directories (ESD) are the result of a successful joint venture between seven Local Government authorities, four State Government departments and a non-government organisation to produce an accurate and reliable mapping product for use in emergency service delivery. The ESD contains a wealth of area-specific information unavailable in other traditional street directories or road maps. The objective of this project was to improve capabilities for dealing with all emergencies, thus reducing vulnerability (particularly in rural areas), improving response times and reducing stress to both the deliverer and recipient.

Contact Mrs Wendy Harris
Telephone (08) 9575-2211
Fax (08) 9575-2121
Email wharris@ginginwa.iinet.net.au

Engineering, infrastructure, planning and urban design

Sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Transport and Regional Services: National Office of Local Government

This Award recognises innovation and excellence in the fields of engineering, infrastructure, planning and urban design, particularly those demonstrating savings in financial or environmental costs, gains in energy efficiency, improved service delivery, improved asset management or overall ecologically sustainable development.

Some examples of relevant projects could include:

Engineering

  • civil engineering - for example, roads, bridges, drainage systems
  • mechanical and other forms of industrial engineering - electrical, plant and machinery

Infrastructure

  • water and waste water
  • sewerage
  • power
  • transport and traffic - including planning traffic flow and pedestrian access

Planning

  • community consultation
  • heritage conservation
  • rural and urban land use plans
  • community planning
  • place-based planning
  • LIS/GIS planning projects
  • natural resource management
  • integrated transport and land use planning
  • strategic land use planning

Urban design

  • performance based planning codes
  • design of public space
  • community consultation on urban design
  • providing green space
  • medium density housing.
Category winner

Hervey Bay City Council, Qld

Access Hervey Bay

Access Hervey Bay aimed to improve physical access to the area, access to communications/ information technology, make accessibility a marketable commodity, and stimulate private sector investment and community involvement in the area. These objectives translated into specific projects that included transforming a disused rail corridor into a safe, environmentally friendly pedestrian/cycle path; laying fibre optic cabling along the corridor for future communication needs; improving access to the beach for people with a disability; and modifying roads, footpaths, shopfronts and public amenities to eliminate barriers. Community awareness of disability issues increased and the local economy benefited from growth in private sector investment and tourism. A cooperative whole-of-Council approach effectively tapped into expertise across departments and maximised limited resources.

Contact Mr Doug Mackay
Telephone (07) 4197-4301
Fax (07) 4197-4455
Email dougm@herveybay.qld.gov.au

Environment - natural resource management: partnerships for biodiversity conservation

Sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Heritage: Environment Australia

This Award recognises innovation and excellence in the protection and management of Australia's biodiversity particularly where initiatives demonstrate:

  • partnerships between Local Government, community and regional groups to conserve biodiversity
  • the integration of regional biodiversity objectives into local planning schemes.
Category Winner

Rockhampton City Council, Qld

Wombat Research Facility

The Wombat Research Centre at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and Zoo is making a major contribution to the recovery of the endangered Northern Hairy-Nosed wombat. This wombat is Queensland's most endangered mammal, with only 110 surviving in one last population. Research at the centre is currently focused on the closely related but more numerous Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombats. In just 18 months, two of the three major components of the Wombat Research Centre have been completed and 17 Southern Hairy-Nosed wombats have arrived from the wild in South Australia. The centre was built by a Work for the Dole team and will become a valuable educational facility and will encourage a boost for tourism in Central Queensland.

Contact Mr Tom Wyatt
Telephone (07) 4922-1654
Fax (07) 4922-8704
Email wyattt@rcc.qld.gov.au

Environment - sustaining local communities: Local Agenda 21

Sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Heritage: Environment Australia

The Commonwealth Government already has programmes in place that encourages individuals and local communities to protect and preserve their environment. Now Local Governments and the wider communities they represent are being encouraged to become the lead agencies in achieving sustainable development by integrating environmental, economic and social goals. The Local Agenda 21 (LA21) Award recognises the efforts of Local Governments, regional organisations and communities in the promotion and implementation of ecologically sustainable development at the local level through Local Agenda 21 or other integrated planning frameworks.

Category winner

City of Swan, WA

Integrated planning framework

The City of Swan integrated planning framework was developed to align the city's external community planning needs with its own internal corporate planning processes and to ensure that the city's planning, implementation and performance measurement systems operate within an integrated framework based on sustainability. This approach involves community, private sector and government partnerships and a shift in organisational approach from the delivery of functional outputs to the achievement of sustainable community outcomes.

Contact Mr Martin Richardson
Telephone (08) 9267-9286
Fax (08) 9267-9444
Email mrichardson@swan.wa.gov.au
Rural winner

Derwent Valley Council, Tas

Lachlan River Community

Lachlan River Community Holdings Pty Ltd is the result of a joint venture partnership between the Derwent Valley Council and private sector business development company Isle Property Group Pty Ltd. Lachlan River Community is being created as a sustainable complex community of business, cultural and community activity at the site of an abandoned State Government Hospital. The site has over 100 buildings, some of which date back to the early years of Tasmania's colonial settlement. A mix of activities being undertaken for regional development are best illustrated through the EARTH strategy, where E = education, A = age care, R = rural projects, T = technology and H = heritage and tourism. Lachlan River Community is a catalyst for economic and social wellbeing for the Derwent Valley and New Norfolk.

Contact Mr Stephen Mackey
Telephone (03) 6261-8512
Fax (03) 6261-8546
Email dvcouncil@dvc.tas.gov.au

Financial management

Sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Transport and Regional Services: National Office of Local Government

This Award recognises and acknowledges the delivery of a high standard of financial management and accountability, with an emphasis on continuous improvement.
In addition, the Award will also highlight the benefits councils are achieving on behalf of their communities through the delivery and maintenance of these standards through:

  • the adoption of current and contemporary accounting policies and procedures
  • the effective management of council finances
  • public accountability and transparency
  • community and customer focus.
Joint category winner

City of Gosnells, WA

Resource Allocation Model

The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) project successfully linked the annual budget and the goals and strategies of the City of Gosnells strategic plan, enabling the city to evaluate and rank unlike expenditure, and enabling the city's scarce resources to be allocated on a non-political equitable basis. The RAM process is unique in Australian Local Government. Use of the cost-benefit analysis tools applied through the RAM has enabled Council to demonstrate the most efficient and effective use of its finite resources as applied to competing priorities. It has gained widespread acceptance across key stakeholders as a fair and equitable method of allocating resources to fund the city's strategic plan for the local community.

Contact Mr Ron Bouwer
Telephone (08) 9391-3250
Fax (08) 9398-2922
Email rbouwer@gosnells.wa.gov.au
Joint category winner

City of Onkaparinga, SA

Financial directions

To help ensure the long-term financial viability of Council, and to make prioritisation of proposed project and capital works publicly transparent, the City of Onkaparinga conceived and developed a financial directions framework and process that incorporates a corporate financial model and Council-endorsed resource allocation strategies and criteria. The framework is a recording and decision-making tool that is applicable to all councils because they share common financial parameters and categories of projects and capital works. The framework provides for significant corporate knowledge capture through documented, public disclosure of resource allocation strategies together with the ranking scores for individual projects and capital works. The ranking scores are based upon a consistent and endorsed set of criteria independent of the scorer.

Contact Ms Debra Just
Telephone (08) 8384-0649
Fax (08) 8384-0713
Email debjus@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au

Health services and aged care

Sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing

This Award recognises the role of Local Government in understanding and addressing local health and aged care priorities. Innovation and excellence coupled with proactivity are the cornerstones of this Award. Councils that can demonstrate communities working in partnership with health professionals and local leaders to identify and address local health issues are encouraged to apply.

The Rural Award component of this Award will focus on the work of rural and remote communities in this field and will place some emphasis on the ways that small rural communities are finding solutions to local primary health care inadequacies.

Examples of relevant projects include:

  • rural health, including the delivery of new or extended primary health services needed in small rural communities, including illness and injury prevention; palliative care; women's health; children's services; community nursing; rural health promotion; mental health; podiatry and immunisation
  • provision of primary health care - both general and public health
  • health promotion.
Category winner

City of Melville, WA

Who said it's easy being a guy? - a self-help resource for young men

Who said it's easy being a guy? is a publication for young men by young men and is relevant to the majority of young males in Australia. The publication arose from community feedback suggesting the need for a health resource for young males. Using direct quotes and a number of 'true life' stories to illustrate issues relating to young men, the booklet provides the target audience with a range of helpful contact points so they can seek further advice and assistance. The book has proved popular with high schools and community organisations throughout Australia, with over 9,000 copies being circulated. The project has helped raise awareness of young men's issues within the community and within the State Government, particularly in the community and education arenas.

Contact Ms Janet Armarego
Telephone (08) 9364-0280
Fax (08) 9316-2421
Email jarmarego@melville.wa.gov.au
Rural winner

Kingaroy Shire Council, Qld

Kingaroy and South Burnett Medical Workforce Strategy

The Kingaroy and South Burnett Medical Workforce Strategy has tackled the issue of maintaining medical services in rural areas. The result is a proactive approach by the private and public health services to meeting the long-term needs of the community. Strategies already introduced have met the immediate needs for general practitioners in the community; the medium-term strategies seek to restore private hospital facilities and surgical and specialist services to the region; and the long-term strategies are focused on creating an interest from rural students in pursuing careers in the medical and allied health fields on the premise that they will be more likely to return to practice in the bush.

Contact Mr Ron Turner
Telephone (07) 4162-6204
Fax (07) 4162-4806
Email Rturner@kingaroy.qld.gov.au

Information technology

Sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources: Business Entry Point

This Award recognises innovative uses of Information Technology particularly through services delivered online, which can provide substantial benefits to communities including important community sectors such as local small businesses. Initiatives that can be easily adopted by other councils are particularly encouraged.

Examples of information technology projects include:

  • use of the Internet for transactions
  • partnerships with universities, business and the community to develop information technology strategies
  • application of databases
  • information networks
  • multimedia applications.
Category winner

Whittlesea City Council, Vic

FoodSmart - Food Safety Plans Online

FoodSmart offers a free, simple, online alternative for food businesses to produce a custom-made food safety plan. Food proprietors have demonstrated overwhelming approval for FoodSmart. Although the programme is not yet officially launched, over 2800 businesses have registered with FoodSmart, and 1112 food safety plans have been approved by councils. Industry estimates indicate that FoodSmart will produce cost savings and community benefit of millions of dollars. Already, the development cost has been recouped around tenfold. The national application of FoodSmart has been recognised. FoodSmart presents a stunning example of a useful and practical Internet application, providing business, government and communities with direct and immediate benefit.

Contact Mr Neill Hocking
Telephone (03) 9217-2335
Fax (03) 9217-2111
Email nfh@whittlesea.vic.gov.au
Rural winner

Crows Nest Shire Council, Qld

Smart Community Strategy

Crows Nest Shire's Smart Community Strategy empowers local communities through the uptake of information and communication technology (ICT) by providing:

  • a community portal promoting the Shire's lifestyle and opportunity
  • Internet services via affordable, high-speed and reliable access
  • lifelong learning through training in the home, libraries, retirement villages and schools
  • resources, through computer package installation and connection
  • infrastructure, by conducting audits, liaising with telcos and promoting local solutions
  • an interactive community, through adopting friendly planning development policies, simplifying Internet access and creating communities of interest.

Achievements to date have included 195 000 hits to CNnet in the past 12 months, an additional 230 homes connected to the Internet through CNnet, 137 homes supplied with computers in the past six months, training provided to 118 residents, and a high level of public participation in all components of the strategy. Using dedicated Council staff and innovative community members to implement the programme has meant results have been achieved at very little cost to ratepayers. Potential exists to use the Smart Community Strategy in other communities and negotiations are being undertaken with several bodies to provide these services on a commercial basis.

Contact Ms Bronwyn Cairns
Telephone (07) 4698-1155
Fax (07) 4698-1717
Email bronywn@crowsnestshire.qld.gov.au

Organisational practices

Sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Transport and Regional Services: National Office of Local Government

This Award recognises innovative or excellent organisational or business practices aimed at the continuous improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of Local Government.
Examples of organisational practices include:

  • improving organisational management
  • improving staff performance
  • benchmarking initiatives
  • coordinating the processing of development applications
  • improving customer or client service
  • improving industrial relations practices
  • occupational health and safety
  • revising council structures
  • rationalisation of Local Government functions
  • supply management.
Category winner

Baulkham Hills Shire Council, NSW

Event Management Guide

The Event Management Guide is a complete guide to planning and implementing a safe and successful community event. The guide was originally written to standardise the information sent to Council's community events management committees and to facilitate the smooth and consistent flow of required details back to Council's Civic Events Department. The guide has now expanded to a document that explains best practice tips and procedures for event management. This has resulted in all community events management volunteers being better equipped to plan and implement their events on time and within budget. Information in the guide is currently distributed via hard copy and on CD-ROM.

Contact Mr Don Kemble
Telephone (02) 9843-0421
Fax (02) 9843-0118
Email dkemble@bhsc.nsw.gov.au
Joint rural winner

Pilbara Regional Council, WA

Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Plan

The Pilbara Regional Council - Human Resource Managers Group have developed an Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Plan. This plan aims to broaden the diversity and cultural understanding of workforces in Local Government in the Pilbara. The Equal Opportunity and Diversity Plan has enabled Local Government in the Pilbara to correctly identify training requirements for staff and councillors to raise their understanding of the different aspects of cultural values and beliefs present in their work environment. The plan can also be used as a model in other States and Territories by organisations wanting to diversify their workforce. The plan has already been obtained by the Western Australian Local Government Association and is the recommended model/ benchmark in Western Australia.

Contact Mrs Amanda Hutchins
Telephone (08) 9186-8510
Fax (08) 9143-1388
Email prc@roebourne.wa.gov.au
Joint rural winner

Shire of Kellerberrin, WA

The Joint Shire Agreement

Kellerberrin Shire Council and the Tammin Shire Council have developed a partnership to improve services, cut costs and show a level of cooperation to provide a viable alternative to amalgamation. It became obvious that a number of services that both councils offered, or similar tasks that were performed individually, could be examined for possible greater resource sharing. So began what is now known as the Joint Shire Agreement. This agreement eliminated duplication of services and introduced greater employee specialisation. Both councils have benefited considerably. Savings have been made through the reduction of administration overlap and waste, and through a reduction in administration staff. What makes the Joint Shire Agreement so unique and innovative is that there is only one management team employed to manage both shires.

Contact Mr Stuart Taylor
Telephone (08) 9045-4006
Fax (08) 9045-4437
Email shirekel@agn.net.au

Youth services

Sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services

This award acknowledges innovation and excellence in the provision of youth services and amenities with an emphasis on the degree to which young people are actively engaged in their communities and encouraged to participate in policy decision-making that affects them.

The award showcases innovations and excellence that benefits young Australians where they live, study, work and play. It also highlights projects that help young people participate actively in their communities and in the democratic institutions that service those communities as respected young citizens.

Category winner

City of Onkaparinga, SA

The City of Onkaparinga Youth Development Model

In 1997 the City of Onkaparinga decided to define its role in relation to youth issues and to provide a guide for the Council's work in the area of youth development. The result is the Onkaparinga Youth Development Model. The primary aims of the model are to develop community dialogue and participation and to encourage the development of integrated services. Based on a strong policy framework and coherent, creative strategies, the model has achieved the outcome of increased capacity for enterprise in local young people.

Contact Mr John Davis
Telephone (08) 8384-0762
Fax (08) 8384-0797
Email johdav@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au
Rural winner

Alexandrina Council, SA

GoolwaSkill

The objectives of the GoolwaSkill programme are to involve older and younger members of the community in common and useful endeavours through skill and knowledge sharing. This improves social cohesion and understanding, and encourages mutual respect and employment within the community. Youth are encouraged to be the engine that drives the programme. To complement and sustain the infrastructure of the programme, local businesses, community groups and volunteers are encouraged to provide support through sharing time, expertise and materials. Older residents are encouraged to participate in the GoolwaSkill programme and remain respected, healthy, active citizens within their community.

Contact Mrs Heather Grant
Telephone (08) 8554-2640
Fax (08) 8555-3603
Email alex@alexandrina.sa.gov.au

Special Award for Strengthening Indigenous Communities

Sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services

The Special Award for Strengthening Indigenous Communities aims to highlight initiatives by Local Government and Community Councils that are demonstrating innovation and/or excellence in their approach to increasing opportunities for engagement and participation by Indigenous people in the affairs of the local community. It will also aim to highlight improving community governance and service delivery arrangements for Indigenous people. This may be demonstrated by, but not be limited to, councils who are:

  • engaging with local leaders on a regular basis about improving governance and service delivery arrangements with Indigenous people
  • investing in community leadership initiatives
  • partnering with Indigenous communities and organisations to build capacity and strength to encourage self-reliance and greater social and economic participation
  • implementing a significant development through increased participation by Indigenous people in the community.
Category and rural winner

Town of Port Hedland, WA

Courthouse Arts Centre and Gallery

The project's objective was to create a sustainable partnership between the Town of Port Hedland and the Pilbara Arts Craft and Design Aboriginal Corporation (PACDAC) that would positively promote Indigenous culture, foster positive cultural exchanges and find creative solutions to Indigenous unemployment. The Town of Port Hedland and PACDAC jointly purchased the old Courthouse and established the Courthouse Arts Centre and Gallery. The Centre provides artists studios, a community workshop space, a retail outlet and a Gallery/exhibition space. PACDAC and Council staff work at the Centre. The Centre has a positive cultural impact on the community, providing a place to meet Aboriginal artists and to learn about local culture. The Courthouse provides an example of positive collaboration between Local Government and an Indigenous organisation. It has increased the engagement and participation of Indigenous people in community life, and is an example of practical reconciliation.

Contact Ms Michelle Mackenzie
Telephone (08) 9158-9338
Fax 08) 9173-1766
Email mackenziem@porthedland.wa.gov.au

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