Wyndham City Council wins 2017 National Award for Excellence in Local Government

Media Release

FN092/2017

20 June 2017

  • WynLens interactive modelling system enables residents to view planning and development proposals
  • Project selected from a field of 10 major category award winners
  • An example of the high quality services local councils provide across Australia

Victoria’s Wyndham City Council was presented with the 2017 National Award for Excellence in Local Government, at a gala event in Canberra tonight.

Minster for Local Government and Territories Fiona Nash said the National Awards for Local Government celebrate exceptional local government projects that are making a significant difference to the lives of residents across Australia.

“I am very impressed with the quality and diversity of this year’s entries,” Minister Nash said.

“These annual awards clearly show that the local government sector continues to deliver improved services and better outcomes to help build the kinds of communities that our children and grandchildren will want to either stay in or come back to.

“I understand that due to the high calibre of this year’s entries deciding the national winner from the 10 category winners announced in May was a challenge for the national judging panel.

“Congratulations to all of the 2017 category winners, especially Wyndham City Council for its innovative approach in developing and delivering the WynLens—Visualization, Analysis and Modelling of a Holographic City project.”

Minister Nash said the Wyndham City Council project would be a game changer for residents in the Wyndham City region with the potential to be rolled out across the country.

“The WynLens project enhances community engagement and improves planning outcomes by allowing residents to visualise local surroundings using interactive 3D and immersive landscapes,” she said.

“In developing WynLens in partnership with the tertiary and private sectors, Wyndham City has succeeded in employing cutting-edge technology to improve its local community’s understanding of planning and development proposals.

“This is an extraordinary project and is just another example of the high quality services our local councils provide rolling out across Australia.”

To qualify for consideration as the national award winner, the WynLens project won the Innovation to Create More Liveable Australian Cities category, sponsored by Optus Business.

A full list of the 2017 category and highly commended winners is available on the National Awards for Local Government website: infrastructure.gov.au/nalg.