The annual Local Government Awards for Excellence, coordinated by the Local Government Association of Tasmania and sponsored by MAV Insurance, aim to promote outstanding achievement and to inspire leading management practice and continuous improvement among Tasmanian councils. The awards are presented for initiatives that have, or are delivering positive benefits for our communities.
The winners of the 2016 Local Government Awards for Excellence were announced by MAV President, Clr Bill McArthur, on 22 July, at the LGAT Annual Conference, held at the C3 Convention Centre in Hobart. A total of 15 nominations were received from 11 councils throughout the State showcasing a diversity of high quality council projects.
The winners of the 2016 Local Government Awards for Excellence are:
Delivering Excellence - Smaller Councils (populations up to 15,000)
Circular Head Council
The Reading Bug Egg: A Whole of Community Literacty Project
The Reading Bug Egg is a project jointly funded and administered by Circular Head Council and Rural Health Tasmania through its Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters program. It was adapted from a similar community project in rural NSW to fit the needs and demographics of Circular Head after an audit found one in two people in the community had literacy issues.
The Reading Egg Project was initiated as part of the Circular Head Community Literacy five-year plan, Learn for Life,to stimulate and engage children in a fun way to learn and improve literacy. The concept is built around a rare egg which needs to be read to in order to hatch. The egg visited schools, community events, and even a council meeting to be read to.
In the nine months since the project started, around 3,000 books have been read in the Municipal Area. In addition to the children who participated in reading, friends, parents and caregivers were also exposed to and engaged with the program.
Judges praised the project as a great example of Local Government delivering excellence through collaboration and forming partnerships to deliver an innovative program addressing an identified community need.
Delivering Excellence - Larger Councils (populations more than 15,000)
Clarence City Council
aWake Before Death
The aWake Before Death project was created in Clarence to provide the opportunity for people of all ages to have meaningful conversations about death, grief and end-of-life planning in a safe and supportive environment. Research indicated, although a sensitive topic, increasing promotion and education of end-of-life planning was beneficial if handled in a supportive, open way.
A collaboration between Clarence Council’s Positive Aging Network, non-government, government and private enterprise, it aimed to capture conversations about death and dying on film which were then turned into a portfolio of quality, flexible and sustainable educational and training resources for wider community benefit.
Doing this through a community development process ensured discussion of death, dying, end of life care planning and bereavement helped build capacity and resilience by learning from others.
The project had wider benefit with the video created from the conversations, which was showcased at the MOFO Arts festival. The portfolio has been adapted and distributed widely as a valuable palliative care resource. The project also supports Council’s World Health Organisation status as Tasmania’s first Age Friendly City and Community.
Judges said there was no doubt this project could be applied in many jurisdictions across the nation to address an important lifecycle, family and community challenge.
The winners each received a trophy and $1,000 prize money for staff development activities.
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