2017 Awards For Excellence
Gala Dinner 6 April 2017!
Shangri-La Gardens, Brisbane
The LGMA Queensland Awards for Excellence seek to recognise the outstanding work being undertaken by councils across the state. Through the Awards, local government can acknowledge and learn from the best of local government initiatives in the state, noting the differing environments and communities that local government serves.
The Awards categories are designed to be flexible – recognising that local government is at the forefront of innovation and operates in a rapidly changing environment. The following Award categories will be presented during the night:
- Above and Beyond
- Community Shaping
- Teamwork (sponsorship opportunities still available for this category)
- 'Doing More with Less' (For Rural and Remote Councils only) (New)
- Workplace Wellbeing (New)
- Winner 2017 LGMA Management Challenge (Queensland)
Information on the Awards for Excellence can be found in the brochure here.
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2016 Awards For Excellence
The Excellence in Teamwork Award was achieved by Lockyer Valley Regional Council for their Sydney Royal Easter Show Team. Demonstrating that exceptional teamwork can take a project from good to great, they impressed with the logistical coordination and cooperation between teams and committed leadership. The team conceptualised, developed and delivered an enticing and innovative trade stall at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney along with a significant media launch from Sydney’s iconic Martin Place. The project sought to actively promote the Lockyer Valley as a food destination to potential and existing travelers from the NSW market, cementing the existing reputation as Australia’s salad bowl. The successful initiative has benefited the local community with more than $1 million of free media coverage, over 110% increased website traffic, more than 3,000 tourism guides distributed and more than 1,800 competition entries all promoting the great local produce of the region. This award was supported by AON.
Tablelands Regional Council took out the Excellence in Sustainability Award for 2016 with the Employee Wellbeing Program. The program recognises that Employees are the most valuable asset of the organisation with the goal being a simple one; a happy, healthy and therefore sustainable workplace. The flexible and responsive program commenced with the offer of monthly health checks for employees, opportunities for lifestyle and wellbeing related resources and information and workshops conducted by medical professionals. The results have been clear with a range of positive changes identified through the program including; quitting smoking, weight loss, reduced alcohol consumption, increased fruit and vegetable intake, increased physical exercise and healthier diets. The Employee Wellbeing Program at Tablelands Regional Council allows them to be a leader in local government for employee wellbeing initiatives, which will have improved health outcomes for the broader community. This award was supported by Ergon Energy.
Townsville City Council’s Sensor Q project was the winner of the Excellence in Innovation Award. This innovative, low-cost, remote water quality monitoring system is ground-breaking. It facilitates real-time monitoring of water quality and usage, giving council the tools to act quickly to prevent potential contaminations. The Sensor-Q is a unique and transferable water monitoring system which has not only enhanced financial sustainability by drastically reducing the costs of data collection and analytics, and has improved environmental and social sustainability as well. Additionally, the Sensor - Q Project can aid in the efforts to improve stormwater runoff, manage stormwater treatment devices and monitor natural waterways. This tool has clear application across other local government areas. This award was supported by Telstra.
Maranoa Regional Council receives the 2016 Excellence in Community Shaping award for their Be Healthy and Safe Maranoa initiative. This project has shaped attitudes in the community in the areas of health and wellbeing. Be Healthy and Safe Maranoa changed their community’s practices and behaviours relating to nutrition, physical activity and community safety. Following a funded and successful Healthy Communities Initiative (2010-2014), Maranoa Regional Council committed to building on the progress made under the sole management and funding of council. Its success has been in effectively integrating a coordinated approach to the delivery of primary health activities within the region. This award was supported by Local Buy.
The Toowoomba Regional Council were the proud recipients of the Excellence in Collaboration Award in recognition of their collaboration with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Rail, Ergon Energy, Probuild Civil, Highland Infrastructure Group and community engagement that lead to the council’s development Outer Circulating Road, Victoria Street Extension Initiative (OCR). Originally a project to streamline traffic flow, the OCR morphed into a much more significant activity, leading to the transformation and regeneration of neglected parts of Toowoomba’s CBD. The OCR project has improved traffic efficiency as well as public safety, visual amenity and enhanced heritage characteristics. It will continue to provide social and economic benefits for the community into the future whilst revitalising the northern CBD area. This award was supported by the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government & Planning.
Above and Beyond Award winner, Lincoln Bertoli, Livingstone Shire Council, was recognised for authoring an inspirational children’s book The Day Marcia Came to Town which tells the story of Cyclone Marcia through the eyes of eight year old Lachlan and his grandfather, touching on the destruction, aftermath and combined recovery efforts following the devastating event. This creative author utilised poetic verse to reference well-known areas across the Livingstone Shire, including major centres of Yeppoon, Emu Park and Byfield, which were among the hardest hit. Lincoln enlisted the talents of local artist Jet James (who himself was displaced by ravaging Marcia) to illustrate the book, before embarking on a series of school visits where every junior primary school student was gifted a free copy of The Day Marcia Came to Town to commemorate the 12 month anniversary. Lincoln went above and beyond to research the hardest hit localities in his own time. Additionally, he obtained financial support from the state government which went towards printing costs. Lincoln visited all 13 primary schools across Livingstone Shire to read, present and discuss The Day Marcia Came to Town. This award was supported by LGIAsuper.