SUPPORTING THE PROFESSIONALS
SHAPING QUEENSLAND COMMUNITIES
MANAGERS AUSTRALIA QUEENSLAND
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.
Councils should continue to send their Award nominations in for the 26 May (was 8 April) closing date. The Gala Dinner scheduled for Thursday 28 May has been postponed at this stage. We are currently hoping to host it at the end of the year when we will announce the finalists and winners. We will advise details shortly.
CONDITIONS OF NOMINATION:
• Council subscribers of LGMA Queensland may nominate projects for the LGMA Queensland Awards for Excellence.
An entry fee of $250 is applicable to each nomination. A tax invoice will be issued upon receipt of each nomination.
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.
ABOVE AND BEYOND
The Awards for Excellence are proudly supported by:
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