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AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

About the Awards

Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) is 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.   

Our guiding principle is to lead, represent and support Queensland local government officers in their roles and be a key participant in the management and enhancement of local government in Queensland through advocacy and lobbying; professional and personal development; networking and information exchange and research and policy development.  Council subscribers of LGMA Queensland may nominate projects for the Awards for Excellence.

The Awards for Excellence are presented at the Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner.  Each award category winner will receive a certificate and trophy along with recognition in the Awards magazine. 

The Nominations for Awards for Excellence 2020 will open Monday 2 December 2019 and close at 5pm on Wednesday 8 April 2020.

The Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner will be held on Thursday 28 May 2020 in Brisbane.

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


COLLABORATION

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.

COMMUNITY SHAPING
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.

'DOING MORE WITH LESS'  
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.
 

INNOVATION
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.

SUSTAINABILITY
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. 

TEAMWORK
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.

WORKPLACE WELLBEING 
Workplace health and wellbeing programmes 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.

ABOVE AND BEYOND
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.

Nomination Fee

A nomination form must be completed and submitted with each submission.  An entry fee of $250 is applicable to each nomination.  A tax invoice will be issued upon receipt of the nomination.


Conditions of Nomination:

•    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 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.

Please access the Nomination documents here:
•    Nomination Guidelines
•    Award Nomination Form

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For further information or assistance, please email admin@lgmaqld.org.au or contact us 07 3174 5006.


AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE - 2019

Representatives from councils celebrated their success with over 230 Queensland local government officers from across the state at the LGMA Queensland Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner at Shangri La Gardens Brisbane, for our ninth year celebrating the achievements of the people and organisations that are local government in Queensland.

Congratulations to all nominees and special congratulations to the category winners, well done and well deserved!

The quality of applications in the various categories highlights the dedication and innovation shown by council staff and teams working in the sector.

AWARD WINNERS

EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY

The 2019 Sustainability Award was won by Logan City Council for their project Carbon Reduction Strategy and Action Plan.
Logan City Council’s Carbon Reduction Strategy and Action Plan aims to make the council carbon neutral by 2022.  The plan utilises a range of innovations such as solar panels and battery storage, LED lighting, solar powered LEDs and efficient air-conditioning plant; powering facilities from streets to reservoirs and from sporting fields to community buildings.  The activity is supported by an energy management framework and monitoring dashboard which will allow Council to track progress and better meets its ambitious goal.
Two other councils were finalists for the Sustainability Award:  Mackay Regional Council who submitted their Apprentice and Trainee Scheme and Tablelands Regional Council for its Community Revegetation Nursery initiative
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EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION

Winner of the Innovation Award 2019 - the Sunshine Coast Council for their project Making Governance Innovative. 

Innovation and governance are terms which are not usually put together.  But when Sunshine Coast Council sought options to streamline governance, the Making Governance Innovative project was born.  It has led to simplified delegations, an integrated delegations’ database, assurance of currency, upskilling and provides confidence to the CEO in further delegations.  Benefits have been better evidentiary trails, assisting complaints management and improved consistency and compliance.

Three other finalists recognised in this category were Boulia Shire Council for their 3D Zebra Crossings, Brisbane City Council for Invasive Species Management and Sunshine Coast Council for Development.i.



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'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. 

T
he introduction of NDIS has not been an easy one in every community and for Quilpie Shire it became evident that residents were struggling to maintain the services necessary to ensure quality of life.  With limited access to support, council took up the challenge, employing a coordinator to assist residents in navigating the complex requirements.  While a short-term impost, council has identified that the support provided has reduced demands on council in other areas and had a net community benefit. 

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TEAMWORK AWARD

This team is an internal council team or a team involving multiple areas of council.  The way it has utilised resources, collaborated and communicated proves the adage that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. 

The 2019 Teamwork Award winner is Tableland Regional Council for their project: Treatment Operations Team. 

Managing 320km of reticulation pipework, the Treatment Operations Team at Tablelands Regional Council has a large job to do in maintaining service to a community regularly hit by wild weather.  Operating in a high-risk environment and with clear challenges to water quality, the team has undertaken an extensive project to secure water supply to required standards and deliver for the community. The small team has demonstrated trust, resilience and commitment in managing the 30% increase in workload and increased community pressure.  The team has demonstrated the importance of an inclusive and supportive culture in delivering solid results.

Judges also recognised three other finalists in this category: City of Ipswich – Beautiful Ipswich, and Redland City Council for Local Disaster Coordination Centre and Bushfire Response Team.



COLLABORATION AWARD

Noosa Council is the winner of the 2019 Excellence in Collaboration Award with their project: Collaboration for Koalas.

The outlook for SEQ’s Koala populatio
n is pretty bleak and Noosa Council has decided to do what it can to address this.  Bringing together 6 diverse agendas including state government, a large harvesting company, a community environmental organisation, residents and council, a new regional National Park has been created, restoring land from plantation timber, protecting 23 endangered species and creating a new model for funding of environmental protection and restoration.  A long-term focus and genuine openness to collaboration were key elements of Noosa Council’s Collaboration for Koalas success.


The Judges also recognised the following Councils as finalists in this category (in alphabetic order): Central Highlands Regional Council – The Game Plan,
Logan City Council – Building Social Capital Hubs, South Burnett Regional Council – Collaboration for Events and Western Downs Regional Council – Coordinated Pest Management and Monitoring.



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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.

One of the most diverse local governments in in Australia, Logan has more than 17,000 residents needing help due to a disability, 27% of the population born overseas, 15% speaking a language other than English at home and almost 9,000 people who report issues speaking English.  In this environment, traditional communication will not hit the mark across the community – especially when providing critical information about disaster preparedness.  Speaking their language is a comprehensive programme developed rolled out by Logan City Council through schools and the community including in multiple languages and braille to ensure all are informed about how to respond to disasters and where to get help. 

Also recognised in this category were finalists Fraser Coast Regional Council – Community Builders Program and Southern Downs Regional Council – Shaping Southern Downs.


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WORKPLACE WELLBEING AWARD

This 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.


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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. 

Torres Shire Council is proud and grateful for his efforts and were delighted to nominate him for this award.

Issues with water quality during 2018 were impacting dialysis treatment at the regional hospital and requiring council to issue boiled water alerts.  Unable to resolve the problem locally, Nicky flew to Adelaide to inspect and then commission a water treatment system made possible with Queensland Government funding.  He then worked tirelessly to ensure that temporary plant was installed and kept operational. Nicky had to jump in a small boat, often in the middle of the night, and travel across the choppy Torres Strait to get to the plant where he would have to troubleshoot and fix without the benefit of a phone a friend or access to other support.  He gave up Christmas with his family to work on the commissioning of the new plant – all because he wanted to ensure that his community had the luxury many of us take for granted of clean, stable drinking water supply.

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.


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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
- Tipping Point


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