Local Government Week Winners 2019

Local Government Week Awards - 2019

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Award Winners 2019

Read the full list of winners and judges' comments by category below.

RH Dougherty Awards

Excellence in Communication

Division A: less than 30,000

Winner: Upper Hunter Shire Council - We LIVE here

Judges Comments: A good way of communicating. The budget was well-explained, it was a statement of belonging for the community, and a strong brand: We LIVE here!

Highly Commended: Parkes Shire Council - Parkes Business Attraction Campaign

Division B: 30,000 – 70,000

Winner: Bathurst Regional Council - Happy Tails

Judges Comments: All Council’s should have this initiative, ensuring animals get returned or re-homed using social media is a good job. This is a clear winner.

Division C: more than 70,000

Winner: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council - Meet the Hastings Family – Which Bin?

Judges Comments: Created a little family that people connected with. Innovative, great promotion to educate users, good distribution.

Highly Commended: City of Canada Bay - Canada Bay’s Bag it, Bin it dog litter reduction campaign.

Reporting to your Community

Division A: less than 30,000

Winner: Mid-Western Regional Council - Community News Bulletin

Judges Comments: The judges were Impressed with the impact on community for the dollar and value of money spent. It was also a great use of social media

Division B: 30,000 – 70,000

Winner: Bega Valley Shire Council - We’ve got you covered

Judges Comments: Informative, concise, innovative with a good visual presentation. Anyone who includes a picture of their mayor in PJs deserves an award.

Division C: more than 70,000

Winner: Tweed Shire Council - Tweed Emergency Dashboard

Judges Comments: When their community was facing devastation, hardship and tragedy the Tweed Emergency Dashboard was pulled together quickly and was of service to the community.

Highly Commended: Inner West Council - Inner West Council website

Innovation in Special Events

Division A: less than 30,000

Winner: Bland Shire Council - The Big Football

Judges comments: The tiny village of Ungarie (population 557) managed to attract 2,000 people to this event. It’s an innovative way of acknowledging a special local family and it also stimulated tourism for the local community. Great application.

Highly Commended: Edward River Council - Small Business Month 2018

Division B: 30,000 to 70,000

Joint Winners 

Bega Valley Shire Council - FOGOmentary Premier

Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council - Queanbeyan’s Music by the River - 2018

Judges comments: 

Bega – Great idea getting children involved, it gives them ownership in an innovative way, and they help to get their families involved in the process. Innovative and progressive event, a credit to those involved.

Queanbeyan – This is culture done well by council and a wonderfully successful event that activated the new parkland area created by council

Highly Commended: Cessnock City Council - Together we deliver City of Cessnock NAIDOC Week 2018

Division C: more than 70,000

Winner: Randwick City Council - Eco Living Expo

Judges Comments: Use of social media helped with significant growth and development of the festival and with creating better ecological outcomes.

Highly Commended: Waverley Council - Bondi Feast 2018

Division D: Division ROCs and County Councils

Winner: Rous County Council - Big Scrub Rainforest Day

Judges Comments: Good project for County Councils to be involved in if you want people to appreciate the natural environment. The Community Lecture Program is noteworthy.

Outstanding Individual Contribution

Winner: George McCormick - Walgett Shire Council

Judges Comments: George has delivered quite profound results in his engagement with young people in his community and through their schools. He has made a wonderful contribution despite limited resources spread over several communities where the distances impact lifestyle. He’s pretty amazing.

Local Government NSW Planning Awards

Excellence in Leadership Award

Division B: Outstanding individual contribution

Winner: Elizabeth Lambert - Lake Macquarie City Council

Division C: Outstanding individual contribution

Winner: Monica Cologna - Cumberland Council

Culture Change Innovation and Excellence Award

Division B: Large Regional Council

Winner: Coffs Harbour City Council - PlaceScore and Planning for a Compact City

Joint Highly Commended: 

Byron Shire Council - Car Share Pilot 

Cessnock City Council - Branxton Town Centre

Division C: Metropolitan Council

Winner: North Sydney Council - Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability

Joint Highly Commended: 

Inner West Council - Creating the GreenWay

Randwick City Council - ICARE Values

Leo Kelly OAM Arts and Culture Awards

Division A: less than 30,000 population 

Winner: Snowy Valleys Council - NAIDOC Week 2018 – Celebrating Wiradjuri

Division B: from 30,000 – 70,000 population

Winner: Bathurst Regional Council - RE-ORG Bathurst

Division C: more than 70,000 population

Joint Winners: 

City of Canada Bay - While You are Here ... Virtual Traces of Rhodes 

Mosman Council - New Sacred Exhibition

Youth Awards

Best Ongoing Commitment to Local Youth Week Programs

Joint Winners: Camden Council and Walgett Shire Council

Best Small Council with the Most Outstanding Youth Week Program

Winner: Walgett Shire Council

Best Local Youth Week Program

Joint Winners: Brewarrina Shire Council and Forbes Shire Council

Most Innovative Youth Week Program

Winner: Brewarrina Shire Council


Elite sponsor


Leo Kelly OAM Aerts and Culture Awards and Sustainability sponsor

 LGNSW Planning Awards and Youth Week Awards


RH Dougherty Award Category Sponsors

Reporting to your community and innovation in special events Excellence in communication