Jul 14, 2008

2008 Local Government Awards Close; Judging begins

2008 Local Government Awards Close; Judging begins

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The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

July 14 2008

Entries for the prestigious 2008 Annual National Awards for Local Government have closed and judging is underway to find Australia’s most innovative councils. These awards are now in their 22nd year – and the first under the Rudd Labor Government.

Some 114 entries have been received from 71 councils around Australia, with all States and Territories represented.

The entries will now be judged to determine the winners in each of the 10 categories by August, with overall national winners determined later in the year.

The judging process is independent of the government and free from ministerial interference.

The Awards focus on building the capacity of local government.

Each year, the National Awards identify councils that have shown innovation and best practice in their chosen categories.

They help encourage councils to learn from the achievements of others and put in place similar initiatives in their own local communities.

Award-winning councils may have developed innovative projects to combat climate change, improve access and services in regional communities, develop community health and well-being or increase participation for young people and women.

Category Awards are sponsored by various government departments according to their priorities.

The 10 categories for the 2008 Awards are:

  •  Innovation in Regional Development (Sponsor: Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government);
  •  Increasing Women’s Participation (Sponsor: Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government);
  •  Natural Resource Management (Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry);
  •  Local Greenhouse Action (Sponsor: Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts);
  • Strengthening Indigenous Communities (Sponsor: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs);
  • Valuing and Promoting Quality Child Care (Sponsor: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations);
  • Youth Engagement (Sponsor: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations);
  •  Health and Wellbeing(Sponsor: Department of Health and Ageing);
  • Universal Design for Public Amenities (Sponsor: Department of Health and Ageing);
  •  Excellence in Alcohol Management (Sponsor: Department of Health and Ageing).

For more information about the National Awards program, visit the website: http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/local/awards or phone 1800 065 113.