Winners of National Awards for Local Government

Ten category winners of the 22nd National Awards for Local Government have been announced. 

A total of 114 entries from 71 councils across Australia were submitted for this year’s awards consideration and an independent panel determined 13 winners for ten categories.

"The Government congratulates this year’s category winners and those receiving commendations on their success and on the quality of the projects entered," Mr Albanese said.

"The ongoing theme of the Awards is ‘Local Government – working hard for Australians’ and it showcases the resourcefulness and innovation of Australia’s hard working councils in improving services to their communities.

"The National Awards have highlighted the wide range of issues facing local government, and I encourage them to continue sharing information to improve their capacity and find solutions for their communities," he said.

The next and final stage of the 2008 awards process will be selecting council winners for the overall National Awards, with the announcement scheduled for the end of this year.

The winners will be selected by a national judging panel, chaired by the former Lord Mayor of Brisbane Jim Soorley.

Information about the National Awards for Local Government and the complete list of category and commendations winners can be found at

2008 National Awards for Local Government category winners

Excellence in alcohol management:

Greater Geelong City Council, Victoria, for the Greater Geelong Integrated Alcohol Response program

Health and wellbeing:

Yarra Ranges Shire Council, Victoria, for the ‘Hey babe: what if you’re pregnant?’ resource kit; and Rural City of Murray Bridge, SA, for the Murraylands Community of Youth Services

Increasing women’s participation:

Onkaparinga City Council, SA, for the ‘Women participating: a culture not a project’ program; and Playford City Council, SA, for the Northern Local Government Women’s Leadership Symposium

Innovation in regional development:

Hawkesbury City Council, NSW with Peppercorn Services Inc for a model for social entrepreneurship in local government; and Murray Shire Council, NSW, for the Long Paddock Cobb Highway Touring Route project

Local greenhouse action:

Gosnells City Council, WA, for the ‘Switch your thinking!’ program

Natural resource management:

Clarence Valley Council, NSW, for the Clarence floodplain project

Strengthening indigenous communities:

Brisbane City Council, Queensland, for the Brisbane City Council 2026 Youth Visionary project

Valuing and promoting quality child care:

Dardanup Shire Council, WA, for the Eaton Community Montessori project

Youth engagement:

Clarence Valley Council, NSW, for the Clarence Valley Youth Summer Events program; and Rural City of Murray Bridge, SA, for the Youth Led Rescue project.

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