Best and brightest councils in NSW celebrated

A mobile app that connects residents to council news and events, and an educational campaign to clean up local waterways are among initiatives recognised in awards as part of Local Government Week.

Mosman Council has been recognised for its MyMosman mobile app, which gives residents access to current council news and events and connects them with council services.

It was one of three councils to pick up an award in the Reporting to Your Local Community category of the Local Government NSW awards, which were presented last night in Sydney to celebrate Local Government Week in the state.

Love it or lose it!, an educational animation aimed to encourage the community to clean up local waterways saw Ballina Shire Council awarded for Excellence in Communication alongside four other councils.

Wollondilly Shire Council was one of three other councils to win the Leo Kelly OAM Arts and Culture Award for its illuminARTe festival, a lightshow festival which attracts more than 25,000 people to the region.

Katrina Dwyer from Parkes Shire Council awarded in the Outstanding Individual Contribution, while Liz Makin from Yass Valley council, Gordon Clark from Shoalhaven and Andrew MacGee from Campbelltown City Council took out awards for excellence in Leadership for Outstanding Individual Contributions in the Planning Awards.

For a full list of LG NSW Local Government Week Awards click here.

Contribution to community 

Councils across NSW used Local Government Week to highlight the role councils play in their lives beyond roads, rates and rubbish.

The power of the community is the theme of the week this year, which runs from 30 July to 5 August and aims to raise awareness of councils’ contribution to community.

NSW’s Blacktown Council marked the week by giving away 2,000 plants to 1,000 local residents, while Bathurst Council launched a Did You Know social media campaign to raise awareness of council’s services – from local youth support to various art exhibitions.

The region also marked the event with the launch of a $10 million reservoir in Kelso which is set to service 4,000 households and an estimated population increase of 10,000 people over the next 30 years.

The council also gave students a behind the scenes look at council’s facilities – showcasing Ben Chifley house, a Wastewater Treatment Plant and Water Filtration Plant.

Northern Beaches Council highlighted various positions within council and their contributions to the community through a Celebrating Our People campaign, showcasing council librarians, a recruitment consultant and building surveyor amongst other positions within council.

Local Government NSW President Linda Scott said the week offers an opportunity for councils and residents alike to reflect on role of councils in supporting communities.

“As the closest tier of government to the local community, it is critical that councils engage in best practice communication with the people they serve,” Clr Scott said.

“Strong communication between councils and communities is one of the key reasons local government remains the most trusted tier of government in Australia.”

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