NGAA Awards - recognising excellence and innovation

2019 NGAA Awards

The NGAA Awards celebrate and showcase excellence and best practice from projects and initiatives supporting the development of growth areas across the country. 

Member Councils and industry bodies entered projects and initiatives in the Awards and winners were announced on 11 November, 2019 at the Awards Dinner during the NGAA National Congress in Perth.

The 2019 winners are:

 

Research and Practice Award

Sponsored by Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) 

Winner - City of Cockburn for Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan

Pictured: Councillor Lee-Anne Smith, City of Cockburn and Dr Michael Fotheringham, AHURI

Commendation

 

Built Environment Award

Sponsored by the City of Swan

Winner - City of Casey for Selandra Community Hub

  

Pictured: Kathryn Seirlis, City of Casey and Mike Foley, City of Swan

Commendation

  • City of Armadale for Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre

 

Partnerships and Building Connections Award

Sponsored by Astrolabe Group

Winner - Penrith Council for Penrith Health Action Plan

Pictured: Rachel Pagitz, Penrith City Council and  Belinda Campbell-Comninos, Astrolabe Group

Commendation

 

Advocacy Award

Sponsored by McLeods Barristers and Solicitors

Winner - Penrith Council for Penrith Council Advocacy Journey

Pictured: Rachel Pagitz, Penrith City Council and Denis McLeod, McLeods Barristers & Solicitors

Commendations

 

Leadership in Growth Award

Sponsored by the City of Casey

Winner - City of Playford

Pictured: Phil Harrison and Mayor Glenn Docherty, both City of Playford, and Jayden Mizzi, City of Casey

Commendation

  • Sean McManus (Melton City Council) and Nathan Burbridge (Penrith City Council)

 

2019 Award Categories
 

Category 1 - Research and Practice

This category will showcase research or innovative practice that has been led by Local Government and which has resulted in improved outcomes for growth areas. Entries may be based on projects undertaken solely by an individual Council, a group of Councils or in collaboration with industry or academia.

Entries will be assessed on:

  • Use of evidence base to identify the need for the project
  • Innovation in project design and delivery
  • Evidence of improvements to local government practice including capacity building within Council
  • Evaluation of the impact of the project in relation to NGAA’s core pillars – liveability, productivity and resilience.

Category 2 - Built Environment

This category is for completed projects in the built environment that show best practice design, collaboration and impact.

Entries will be assessed on:

  • Methodology and evidence base used to identify the need for the project
  • Innovation in project design and delivery
  • Evidence of improvements to local government service provision achieved through the project
  • Evaluation of the impact of the project in relation to NGAA’s core pillars – liveability, productivity and resilience.

Category 3 - Partnerships - Building Connections

This category showcases partnerships and collaboration that have achieved better outcomes for communities. Partnerships need to include local government, and may be in collaboration with Industry, Local, State of Federal Government, Community Groups or Other Stakeholders.

Entries will be assessed on:

  • Process used to identify partners and outcomes to be achieved through collaboration.
  • Innovation in collaboration such as new partnerships, new engagement methodologies or new fields of practice.
  • Evidence of improvements to local government practice arising from the partnership, including capacity building within Council
  • Evaluation of the impact of the project in relation to NGAA’s core pillars – liveability, productivity and resilience.

Category 4 - Advocacy

This category is in support of Councils’ efforts to achieve outcomes in funding or policy that were achieved through dedicated advocacy efforts (to any level of government).

Entries will be assessed on:

  • Innovation in advocacy practice – campaign design and delivery, integration of advocacy into broader Council strategic objectives
  • Evidence of improvements to local government practice including capacity building within Council
  • Evaluation of the impact of the project in relation to NGAA’s core pillars – liveability, productivity and resilience.

Category 5 - Leadership in Growth Areas

This category is aimed at recognising an individual or team from within a NGAA Member Council who has shown an outstanding commitment and leadership to pursuing better outcomes for growth areas, in any aspect of Council work. This award will be offered as ongoing recognition of the leadership of the founders of NGAA.

Entries will be assessed on:

  • Evaluation of the impact of the individual or team going ‘above and beyond’ to improve the liveability, productivity and resilience of the nominee’s LGA or growth areas more broadly.
Further Information

If you require any further information regarding the 2019 NGAA Awards please contact Bronwen Clark, NGAA Executive Officer at bronwen.clark@ngaa.org.au.

2018 Award Winners

Designing the Outer Suburbs of the Future

Winner: City of Wanneroo - Activating Yanchep for the future by building on the past
Commendation: Melton City Council - Atherstone Library Access Point

Creating Value through Growth

Winner: City of Wanneroo - Kinkuna Park Smart Playground Technology
Commendation: City of Playford - Prince George Plaza

Building Connections in Growth Areas

Winner: City of Cockburn - Cockburn ARC
Commendation: Cardinia Shire Council - Together We Can