Winners announced in national local government awards

Media Release


18 June 2014

The Australian Government has recognised another year of local government achievements, naming six category award winners and Latrobe City Council as the winner of the 2014 National Award for Excellence in Local Government.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the National Awards for Local Government recognise the important role of local governments in delivering innovative and quality services to Australian communities.

“All Award entries showcased high-impact initiatives that have been changing people's lives and delivering real outcomes,” Mr Truss said.

Category winners were:

  • Holroyd City and Hay Shire Councils for the Hay Holroyd Video Project ‘Make a Choice'
    in the Arts Animates—excellence in community engagement and participation category;
  • Hume City Council for their School Holiday Program for Indigenous Children with a Disability
    in the Disability Access and Inclusion category;
  • Townsville City Council for the Townsville Planning and Development Reform Program
    in the Improve Productivity and Regional Development category;
  • City of Greater Dandenong for the Racism. Get Up. Speak Out. program
    in the Multicultural Australia—Strength in Diversity category;
  • Clarence Valley Council for The Three Mobs One River Aboriginal Learning Kit
    in the Promoting Indigenous Recognition category; and
  • Latrobe City Council, for the Steps to the Future Indigenous Employment Program
    in the Youth Employment category

Mr Truss announced last night the Latrobe City Council's Steps to the Future Indigenous Employment Program is the winner of the 2014 National Award for Excellence in Local Government.

“Congratulations to all the 2014 category finalists, and especially to Latrobe City Council for its hard work, success and innovative approach preparing Steps to the Future,” he said.

“Through this project, Latrobe City Council is addressing the issues of youth unemployment and the disadvantages facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.”

More information about the National Awards for Local Government, including information about the category finalists and 2014 winner, is available online at