Celebrating local government achievements

Annual awards and forums have highlighted the achievements of our essential local governments and their vital services to communities.

It’s been a big week for local government recognition and discussions on a national level.

Councils and other local government representatives from across Australia gathered in Canberra to celebrate the winners of the National Awards for Local Government (NALG) announced on Thursday 4 July.

Among them:

  • New South Wales’ Inner West Council for its CRC Rap Video, in the Waste Management category
  • Queensland’s City of Gold Coast for its Active School Travel Program, in the Road Safety category; and
  • Victoria’s City of Greater Dandenong for its Wominjeka project, in the Indigenous Recognition category.

More than 140 nominations were received for this year’s awards, with almost 12,000 votes cast from councils and ratepayers alike, all over Australia.

Then on Friday 5 July, the Government held its Australian Council of Local Government (ACLG) for 2024, which put local government priorities on the national stage. Council representatives engaged with ministers and Australian government officials to discuss a range of opportunities and challenges being faced across the country. These discussions took the form of four panel sessions:

  • Service Delivery, Housing, Communications, Skills and Capacity
  • Disaster Recovery and Resilience
  • Climate Change and Renewable Energy; and
  • Peri-urban Councils and Regional Cities

More than 850 local government representatives, including mayors, shire presidents, councillors, CEOs, and a range of peak body representatives attended the forum.

The ACLG tied off a big week for local government, as it followed the Australian Local Government Association’s National General Assembly from 2-4 July.

Find out more:

Visit the ACLG website.