Jan 26, 2017

Councils urged to shine a light on local innovation

Councils urged to shine a light on local innovation Mackay Regional Council proved a winner in last year's awards, represented here by Business Services manager Stephen Fernando, Engineering and Commercial Infrastructure director Jason Devitt, former Economic Development manager Debra Howe and City Centre Revitalisation project manager Jim Carless.

Councils across the north are being urged to showcase their achievements through a national awards program for innovation in local government.

Senator Ian Macdonald.

North Queensland-based Senator Ian Macdonald said nominations were now open for the 2017 National Awards for Local Government (NALG), which recognises innovative projects that provide new or improved local government services.

“In the north we have some of the best and most efficient councils in the country which are innovative and provide leadership in many ways,” Senator Macdonald said.

The 2016 winner hailed from the north, with Mackay Regional Council taking out the national award for their Transforming a Water Business project.

“With a focus on regional services, these awards are a perfect opportunity for councils to showcase their often innovative and creative approaches to some of the challenges that face communities across the north,” Senator Macdonald said.

Councils have the opportunity to nominate under a range of categories including boosting productivity through infrastructure, or contributing to regional growth.

Interested councils have until Friday, March 3 to nominate their projects.

Category winners will be announced in mid-April 2017, with the national winner announced at the Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly in June.

More information about the awards and how to submit an entry is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/nalg.