Jun 24, 2009

2009 National Awards for Local Government — National Winners announced

2009 National Awards for Local Government — National Winners announced

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

24 June 2009

Today, I announce the two National Winners of the 2009 National Awards for Local Government. They are:

National Award – Newcastle City Council, New South Wales

Project: ClimateCam – International Test Laboratory

Newcastle City Council developed the world’s first greenhouse gas speedometer – www.climatecam.com – to measure and report progress on its local greenhouse action plan. The Council reports a 40 per cent reduction in its electricity consumption based on 1995 levels. It has now developed a range of action-based learning programs to help the community and businesses achieve deep and sustainable reductions in energy and water consumption.

National Award (small council) – Carpentaria Shire Council, Queensland

Project: Domestic Violence – it’s not our game

The Council partnered with the Normanton Stingers Rugby League Club on a community campaign designed to create positive local role models, reduce the prevalence of domestic violence and create a safer community.

The National Winners were selected by an independent judging panel from 21 Category Winners. All up, 233 entries were submitted by councils and shires across Australia.

The judges found these local initiatives to be examples of best practice, showcasing the innovative ways local government serves local communities.

In a break from tradition, only two National Winners were selected this year – an overall winner and a winning small council (under 15,000 properties).

I congratulate the winners and thank members of the National Judging Panel, particularly their chair Jim Soorley.

The National and Category Winners were announced at the second Australian Council of Local Government meeting in Parliament House.

For more information about the Awards: www.infrastructure.gov.au/local/awards.

National Awards for Local Government

2009 National Winners Project Summaries

(as provided by the councils)

NATIONAL WINNER

Newcastle City Council, New South Wales

ClimateCam – International Test Laboratory

Newcastle City Council developed the world’s first greenhouse gas speedometer – www.climatecam.com – in 2001 to measure and report progress of its local greenhouse action plan. It has already reduced its own electricity consumption by 40 per cent based on 1995 levels. The Newcastle City Council is now making progress on meeting it target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to year 2000 levels.

The Council developed a set of ClimateCam action based learning programs to show community and businesses how to achieve deep and sustainable reductions in energy and water consumption. This work has culminated in a collaboration with industry and government organisations to lead the community towards energy and water efficiency best practice, called the Together Today partnership (www.togethertoday.com.au). The programs have been purposely developed so that they can be replicated throughout Australia and overseas.

Newcastle’s initiatives were presented at the OECD Competing Cities and Climate Change Conference in Milan Italy in October 2008 in partnership with the Commonwealth DEWHA. The ClimateCam initiative has now been included in an OECD preparation report for the city Copenhagen in the lead up to COP15.

NATIONAL WINNER (SMALL COUNCIL)

Carpentaria Shire Council, Queensland

Domestic Violence – it’s not our game

Normanton Building Safer Communities Action Team (BSCAT), initiated by Council, and the Normanton Stingers Rugby League Club have partnered in the initiative Domestic Violence – it’s not our game with the aim of creating positive role models in the community, reducing the prevalence of domestic and family violence and creating a safer community to live in.

Normanton BSCAT decided to address these problems by creating the campaign and sponsoring the local Stingers Rugby League Team. The slogan was adopted by the team who also agreed to become role models in the community. The penalty for violence is exclusion from games and ultimately the team.

Commercial advertisements are run on Imparja Television during the football season featuring the players and the message. Car stickers and a banner bearing the slogan are displayed at games and community events. The team’s jerseys and supporters’ shirts permanently display the slogan. The Junior Stinger’s jerseys also feature the logo.

The project has won state and national crime and domestic violence prevention awards, and has been the subject of various radio and print news stories.

In 2009 the project model has been duplicated in western NSW NRL teams and in Victorian AFL teams.

Key outcomes:

  • a 55% drop in domestic violence incidents; and
  • a 64% drop in breaches of domestic violence orders.