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LGMA Queensland aspires to support a professional and highly-skilled local government sector. In seeking to make this vision a reality, LGMA Queensland celebrates the professionalism of local government and inspires people to even greater levels of excellence in leadership and management across Queensland councils. The Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner is our 'night of nights', a special occasion for us all to gather and recognise the innovative, creative, impactful and outstanding work of our colleagues.


Council subscribers of LGMA Queensland may nominate projects for the LGMA Queensland 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 the category requirements.

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, or represent, particular areas of local government activity, and are applicable to activities across the whole of local government.

Awards for Excellence Nominations will open in November 2017 and close on Thursday 8 March 2018 at 5pm.

The Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner will be held on Thursday 19 April 2018 at Shangri La Gardens Wynnum.

Awards for Excellence Brochure and Nomination Form.

For information about previous winners, take a look at the 2017 The Awards for Excellence Magazine.

From 2019, the Manager of the Year Award will be awarded at the awards for Excellence.

Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner 2018


This project or initiative has adopted a new and different approach, leading to improved (or new) service delivery and/or performance. This initiative is cutting-edge and has probably not been seen in Queensland councils before, certainly not in this format.


This project or initiative involved genuine collaboration with multiple parties (internal and external to council) in order to implement more effective service delivery models for the benefit of the organisations and the community. This may have been through an informal agreement or a more formal legal structure.


This project or initiative has enhanced the long-term sustainability of council and/or the community. It may be through more sustainable use of human, financial and other resources or it may be related to environmental sustainability. 


This team is an internal council team or a team involving multiple areas of council. The manner in which it has utilised resources, collaborated and communicated proves the adage that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It has contributed, in a measurable way, to enhanced service delivery within or external to council.


This individual has gone ‘above and beyond’ their stated duties to deliver added service to their community or council. This will be work for which they have not received additional remuneration and is most likely self-generated, showing genuine initiative for the benefit of the organisation and, ultimately, its customers.


This project or initiative has influenced community behaviour and practice. It has educated and informed community opinion leading to sustainable, positive changes in the community. There is clear evidence of its success in enhancing community wellbeing, understanding and awareness and in engendering behaviour change.

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This award category recognises projects or initiatives of category 1 councils that showcase the philosophy of ‘doing more with less’. Lateral thinking, creativity, increased productivity and simplicity are the drivers of this successful project or initiative that is an aspirational model for other smaller councils.

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Workplace health and wellbeing programs have real potential to positively influence the health of councils’ workforce whilst making good business sense through increasing employee engagement and team cohesiveness and leading to reduced absenteeism and increased productivity in the long-term. This project or initiative demonstrates evidence of fostering healthy workplace policies and supportive environments that promote healthy lifestyles that enhance positive social conditions.


Awards for Excellence Nominations will open in November 2017 and close on Thursday 8 March 2018 at 5pm. The Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner will be held on Thursday 19 April 2018 at Shangri La Gardens Wynnum.


Shangri La Gardens (30 room available) - Dinner Venue at Wynnum
From $175 per room per night / Breakfast is $20 per person for a full buffet breakfast. Phone: 07 3308 5100
Email reservations@shangrilagardens.com.au 

Brisbane CBD
The Pullman and Mercure Brisbane King George Square is a contemporary 5-star hotel in Brisbane, located in the heart of Brisbane CBD, offering a wide range of luxury accommodation options. Guests may select between 5-star luxury guestrooms and the Mercure tower with 4-star hotel rooms.  The hotel is located on the corner of Ann and Roma Streets (opposite King George Square) and is a short walk to the Brisbane Transit Centre and Central Station.

The hotel has kindly offered 10% discount off the best available rate at the time of booking (best available rate as advertised on www.accorhotels.com).  Please use the following when booking through the Accor Hotels site:

Company code: AS358715
Access code: LO326AU655

(When you make your reservation, just enter your customer code and your access code in block capitals)

Coach Transfer

For an additional fee, we have coach transfers available to guests departing from the Pullman hotel to Shangri-La Gardens, Wynnum return.

The coach will depart promptly from Roma Street (directly outside the Pullman and Mercure Brisbane King George Square) at 5.30pm and is scheduled to arrive at Shangri- La Gardens for the pre-dinner drinks.  The return coach from Shangri La Gardens will depart at midnight and return back tot he Pullman and Mercure Brisbane King George Square in Roma Street.  Please select this option on your registration form when making your booking.

Car Parking
King George Square Car Park

Secure Parking – Brisbane CBD

Wilson Parking – Brisbane CBD


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