Campbelltown City Council has been recognised for outstanding achievements across three categories at the Local Government Excellence Awards, held at the Ivy Ballroom Sydney on Thursday 6 April.
Council won the following awards categories, boasting the highest number of awards of any council on the night:
Excellence in Asset Management and Infrastructure Initiatives – for the implementation of microsurfacing treatment, part of Council’s Pavement Management Strategy.
Excellence in Creative Communities – for Campbelltown Arts Centre’s ‘With Secrecy and Despatch’ exhibition.
Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability (population over 100,000) – for Council’s Schools for Sustainability program.
The awards are hosted by Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW, and recognise and showcase excellence in the local government sector. This year’s LG Awards Dinner attracted more than 300 people.
Council’s Annual Free Recyclables Drop-Off Day was also recognised, as a finalist in the Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability (population over 100,000) category, while its Companion Animal Rehoming project, was a Special Project Initiative finalist.
Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic, congratulated staff on their success, saying the awards demonstrated Council’s dedication to providing a high standard of service to the local community.
“Recognition of these projects also highlights the scope of services Council provides to our community, and our commitment to being leaders in our industry – whether it’s through looking for new ways to improve our roads, confronting painful subjects through art, or inspiring our young people to develop practical ways to care for our environment,” he said.
“I’m very proud Council, and its staff, have received this recognition for these outstanding projects.”
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About the projects:
Microsurfacing treatment is a cost-effective method of maintaining the road surface, and sealing minor cracks and other irregularities. It was introduced as part of Council’s Pavement Management Strategy, and has resulted in an increase in the number of local roads being treated annually, while improving the resilience and overall condition of the local road network.
Campbelltown Arts Centre hosted the ‘With Secrecy and Despatch’ exhibition in April 2016, marking the 200th anniversary of the Appin Massacre. Six Aboriginal Australian artists and four First Nation Canadian artists were commissioned to create new works for the exhibition that dealt directly with the massacre, or drew from the shared brutalities across both nations.
Six local schools received grants of up to $1000 to develop an environmental project as part of the Schools for Sustainability program, in partnership with Western Sydney University. Projects included installing a water refill station, building a native garden, permaculture lessons, developing media campaigns around the reduction of single use plastic and increasing recycling rates in school through additional bins.