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Local Government Managers Australia is delighted to present a programme which acknowledges and celebrates the outstanding work undertaken by local governments across Queensland.  

The LGMA Awards for Excellence recognise the best of local government initiatives in the state, noting the differing environments and communities that local government serves.

Award Categories

The categories are designed to be flexible - recognising that local government is at the forefront of innovation and operates in a rapidly changing environment.

Categories are not intended to be limited to particular areas of local government activity.  Instead, they are applicable to activities across the whole of local government.

Above and Beyond / Collaboration / Community Shaping / Doing more with Less / Innovation

Sustainability / Teamwork / Workplace Wellbeing

Nomination Conditions:

Council subscribers of LGMA Queensland may nominate for the LGMA Awards for Excellence.

Councils may submit numerous projects.  Multiple nominations are permitted in all categories.  

A project or initiative may be nominated in up to two categories and each will be treated as a separate nomination.  If nominating a project in more than one category, nominators should ensure the nomination is tailored to address each of the category requirements.  A fee of $350.00 applies to each nomination.  A tax invoice will be issued once a nomination has been registered online. 

The Awards for Excellence Brochure is available here.

Please note that finalists are not announced in advance.

Nominations open: Monday 8 November 2021

Nominations close: 3.00pm Wednesday 20 April 2022

Judging period: 26 April - 13 May

Winners announced: Thursday 26 May 2022 at the celebratory event at the State of Library of Queensland

Nomination process:

1. Register online here.  You will be asked for the following: Name, Phone, Email, Role, Council, Postal Address, PO# (if required), Official Name of the Project, Which Award Category are you nominating for?  This process is only registering your nomination.  The nomination does not need to be completed at this stage.

2. Prepare your nomination according to the Nomination Guidelines.  There are six sections for inclusion.  Please note that Easter falls before the closing date for the nominations.  As time slips away easily with public holidays, maybe consider finalising your nomination and posting it the week of 11 April!!

3. LGMA Queensland will forward an invoice for payment.

4. Post your nominations (four hard copies) to:

Awards for Excellence

LGMA Queensland

Level 7, Quay Central

95 North Quay

BRISBANE   Q   4000

Inclusions in your nominations pack that you are posting:

a. Four hard copies of your submission (including sections 1-6).  Please note that these copies are passed on directly to the Judges, avoiding any transfer risk.

b. A USB containing a full copy of your submission (named as: Council name_Project title_Award Category)

c. The video recording from section 7 should be uploaded onto the USB (named as: Council name_Project title_Category)

d. 3-5 High resolution photographs on the USB (named as: Council name_Project title_Award Category_Photo 1 of 1 etc.)

Your nomination pack must be delivered to the address above by 3.00pm on Wednesday, 20 April 2022.

For further information or assistance please contact the LGMA Team on 07 3174 5006.

Thank you to the Corporate Partners supporting the 2022 Awards for Excellence

Awards for Excellence 2021

Western Downs Regional Council

Redland City Council

Central Highlands Regional Council

Cook Shire Council

The LGMA Queensland Awards for Excellence recognise the outstanding achievements in Queensland local government.  Congratulations to all the nominees and a special mention to the category winners and finalists - well done and well deserved.  The various projects presented in the nominations are testament to the diversity, dedication, innovation and collaboration that is Queensland local government.  Congratulations to all the council teams and staff working hard across the sector - we thank you for supporting your communities. Please view the Awards Magazine below that outlines all 2021 nominations - some amazing projects and initiatives.

AWARD WINNERS for 2021 included:

Teamwork – Ipswich City Council – Food Truck Friendly Council – proudly supported by King and Company Solicitors.

Workplace Wellbeing – Cook Shire Council – Health and Safety Leadership and Culture Initiative – proudly supported by Preston Law.

Community Shaping – Western Downs Regional Council – Shaping Stronger, More Resilient and Productive Communities - proudly supported by Preston Law.

Collaboration – Logan City Council – Safety Camera and District Tasking Partnership – proudly supported by the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.

Doing More with Less – Burdekin Shire Council – Virtual Festival – proudly supported by the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.

Innovation – Ipswich City Council – Karalee Library Pod – proudly supported by King and Company Solicitors.

Sustainability – Bulloo Shire Council – Water Cooling Project – proudly supported by Yurika.

Above and Beyond – Garry Mason – Douglas Shire Council – proudly supported by LGIAsuper.

Media Release

Award Finalists for 2021 included:


Scenic Rim Regional Council – Planning Scheme – Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement

South Burnett Regional Council – Drone Operations

Sunshine Coast Council – Stay Connect Create

Community Shaping

Ipswich city Council – Open Ipswich – Transparency and Integrity Hub

Isaac Regional Council – Regional Planning Scheme and Coastal Planning Provisions

Scenic Rim Regional Council – Be Healthy and Active

Western Downs Regional Council – Groovin’ in the Garden


City of Gold Coast – Griffith Centre for Coastal Management Collaboration

City of Gold Coast – Queensland Border Closure

Mackay Regional Council – Water Industry Worker Program

Redland City Council – Hear Here Council eLearning Training Package


Cairns Regional Council – Smart Catchments Saltwater Creek

Cassowary Coast Regional Council – Water Quality Management Program

Ipswich City Council – Ipswich Trekker 2.0

Moreton Bay Regional Council – The Automated and Integrated Defect Hunter


Logan City Council – Cedar Grove Environmental Centre

Rockhampton Regional Council – Sustainable Futures Rockhampton

Western Downs Regional Council – COVID-19 Recovery Package                                        

Thank you to the 2021 Awards for Excellence Corporate Partners

LGMA Awards for Excellence nominations 2021

About the Awards

As an association of managers and aspiring managers in local government, LGMA is committed to the development and improvement of local government management in Queensland.  We are also committed to maintaining high professional and ethical standards throughout the profession, ensuring that our members are at the forefront of innovation and change.   One of the ways we support councils and individual officers in achieving excellence is through the Local Government Awards for Excellence programme offered annually across Queensland councils.


Awards Brochure - View the 2021 Brochure

Nomination Guidelines - Download nomination guidelines 

Nomination Form/Registration - Closed on 21 April at 3.00pm.

The Award Categories include  - 

      • Above and Beyond
      • Collaboration
      • Community Shaping
      • 'Doing more with Less' (Category 1 Councils only)
      • Innovation
      • Sustainability
      • Teamwork
      • Workplace Wellbeing


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