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Leading the way in Australia’s fast growing suburbs – 2019 NGAA Awards

26 November 2019

The 2019 National Growth Area Alliance (NGAA) Awards celebrated excellence and innovation by the Councils that are shaping Australia’s fastest growing areas. Winning projects from across the country include a new health outcomes partnership with three levels of government; a community hub developed as a new community grows; and a comprehensive and equitable framework to deliver $209 million of community facilities for a healthier community.

Growing at twice the rate of the rest of Australia, NGAA Member Councils are under pressure to match the pace of their rapidly changing communities. This challenge has resulted in the industry-leading research, innovation and partnerships recognised by the NGAA Awards, announced in Perth this month.

The 2019 NGAA Award winners are:

  • Research and Practice Award

Sponsored by Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)

 

Winner: City of Cockburn – Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan 2018 – 2033

The Plan is a strategic, long term framework to deliver $209 million of community facilities for the City of Cockburn’s rapidly expanding population, informed by extensive research and three years of community consultation.

Commendation: Growth Areas Perth and Peel (GAPP) - Sport and Recreation Facility Investment research

 

  • Built Environment Award

Sponsored by City of Swan

 

Winner: City of Casey – Selandra Community Hub

Council aimed for early service delivery to Selandra Rise, a new residential community, and opened an interim Community Place while the estate was in development.The permanent Hub is almost carbon neutral, setting a new sustainability benchmark, and is now an integral part of the community.

Commendation: City of Armadale - Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre

 

  • Partnerships – Building Connection Award

Sponsored by Astrolabe Group

 

Winner: Penrith Council  - Penrith Health Action Plan

The judges said this partnership with three levels of government used existing work and resources more strategically, and clearly articulated the roles of different stakeholders.

Initiatives resulting from the Plan include the Village Café project, reducing loneliness and isolation, and the Healthy Built Environment Audit Tool, a way to measure the healthiness of a suburb.

Commendation: Melton City Council - City Vista Sports Precinct Partnership

 

  • Advocacy Award

Sponsored by McLeods Barristers and Solicitors

 

Winner: Penrith Council – Penrith Council Advocacy Journey

Development of a comprehensive and lasting advocacy strategy, integrating funding goals and developing key directions for advocacy across the City. The more strategic approach has been successful, with funding results for targeted projects.

Commendations:

City of Whittlesea - Pokies Play Whittlesea

City of Casey - Commit to Casey

 

  • Leadership in Growth Areas Award

Sponsored by City of Casey

 

Winner: City of Playford

The City of Playford has shown leadership with ongoing support for Mayor Glenn Docherty in his role as NGAA Chair and by hosting the inaugural NGAA National Congress and contributing to NGAA projects.

Commendation: Sean McManus (Melton) and Nathan Burbridge (Penrith)

 

More information on the NGAA Awards is available at www.ngaa.org.au/awards

Media enquiries: Bronwen Clark, NGAA 0448 401 257 bronwen.clark@ngaa.org.au

 

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