AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE
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 FOR EXCELLENCE - 2021
Awards Brochure - The 2021 Brochure is available here.
Nomination Guidelines - Click here to download the guidelines.
Nomination Form/Registration - All nominations need to be registered online here - please note this is instead of the traditional nomination form.
The following Award Categories will be open for nomination -
AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE - 2020
Council subscribers of LGMA Queensland may nominate projects for the Awards for Excellence. The Awards for Excellence are presented at a celebratory event (typically a Gala Dinner). In 2020, nominations closed on 27 May and a record number of nominations were received! Due to social distancing and restrictions for events, the Gala Dinner scheduled for Thursday 28 May was cancelled in lieu of a live streamed Celebration on Thursday 27 August 2020.
Thank you to the following councils for their nomination/s and support in 2020:
Balonne Shire Council, Bulloo Shire Council, Cairns Regional Council, Carpentaria Shire Council, Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Central Highlands Regional Council, Cook Shire Council, Douglas Shire Council, Fraser Coast Regional Council, Gympie Regional Council, Ipswich City Council, Isaac Regional Council, Logan City Council, Longreach Regional Council, Mareeba Shire Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council, Redland City Council, Rockhampton Regional Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, South Burnett Regional Council, Sunshine Coast Council, Tablelands Regional Council, Toowoomba Regional Council, Torres Shire Council, Torres Strait Islands Regional Council, Western Downs Regional Council and Whitsunday Regional Council.
Award Winners 2020
The award 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, or represent, particular areas of local government activity, and are applicable to activities across the whole of local government.
To find out more about the winning projects please click on the links:
Doing More with Less – Cook Shire Council – Community Resiliency Blitz – proudly supported by the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs
Above and Beyond – Bernard Dorante – Torres Strait Islands Regional Council – proudly supported by LGIAsuper
Sustainability – Isaac Regional Council – Water and Waste Integrated Management System – proudly supported by Yurika
Innovation – Moreton Bay Regional Council – Artificial Intelligence Asset Scanning System – proudly supported by King and Company Solicitors
Teamwork – Scenic Rim Regional Council – Teamwork Approach to Worldwide Pandemic – proudly supported by LGMS
Community Shaping – Carpentaria Shire Council – Little Fish, Big Impact – Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre – proudly supported by Preston Law
Workplace Wellbeing – Somerset Regional Council – Team Somerset Wellness Program – proudly supported by Preston Law
Collaboration – Logan City Council – Street Pavement Rehabilitation Project – proudly supported by the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs
Thank you to the 2020 Awards for Excellence Corporate Partners
To view the Celebratory Event from 27 August 2020, click here.
AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE - 2021
CONDITIONS OF NOMINATION:
Nominations for 2021 will be open in November 2020. Watch this space.
• Council subscribers of LGMA Queensland may nominate projects for the LGMA Queensland Awards for Excellence.
• They may submit numerous projects.
• Multiple nominations are permitted in all categories.
• A project or initiative may be nominated in up to two (2) categories. 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 the category requirements.
2021 nomination guidelines will be available shortly. An entry fee is applicable to each nomination. A tax invoice will be issued upon receipt of each nomination.
EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION
Winner of the Innovation Award 2019 - the Sunshine Coast Council for their project Making Governance Innovative.
'DOING MORE WITH LESS' AWARD
The winner of the 2019 'Doing More with Less' Award is Quilpie Shire Council for their NDIS Community Assistance Scheme project.
The 2019 Teamwork Award winner is Tableland Regional Council for their project: Treatment Operations Team.
Noosa Council is the winner of the 2019 Excellence in Collaboration Award with their project: Collaboration for Koalas.
COMMUNITY SHAPING AWARD
Logan City Council are the winners of the 2019 Excellence in Community Shaping Award for their engaging and collaborative initiative Speaking their language – building disaster resilience.
WORKPLACE WELLBEING AWARDThis year, Mackay Regional Council are the winners of the Excellence in Workplace Wellbeing Award with their initiative MRC Workplace Wellbeing.
With strong performance in securing employee safety through a traditional workplace health and safety focus, Mackay City Council recognised a need to do more in the emerging areas of financial, social, mental and physical health. Creating a dedicated strategy, the project has allowed employees to engage with the elements relevant to them, including initiatives such as free physical health checks, flu vaccinations, domestic violence support, mental health support and mental health first aid training. The success to date has led to increased support and financial health initiatives will be next in line to be delivered. Also recognised in this category as a finalist is Western Downs Regional Council for the WorkVibe initiative.
ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARD
This year, the winner of this award is Nicholas Sabatino, Manager of Utilities at Torres Shire Council, for his efforts in introducing water filtration into the shire.
Congratulations to Nicholas for going Above and Beyond for his Council and community
2019 Australasian Management Challenge
An integral part of the Awards for Excellence each year is the highly anticipated announcement of the Queensland winner and finalists for the Australasian Management Challenge. A highly contested annual event that invokes teamwork and competition, councils complete a range of tasks under tight deadlines while exhibiting creativity, productivity and skill development whilst expanding teams’ capabilities. This program builds an understanding of relevant issues facing local governments through practical, experiential learning in a ‘safe’ environment.
Everyone who participates in the Challenge – from experienced managers to emerging leaders, comes away with new and practical insights into excellence in leadership and management. This year the Challenge included 17 teams and was hosted at the Queensland Law Society in Brisbane across two days. The Challenge featured tasks such as report writing, project management plans and report writing.
The winning team for the 2019 Australasian Management Challenge is Cairns Regional Council - 100% Humidity
Second place was award to Brisbane City Council's - Hydra
Third place went to Brisbane City Council's