Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Celebrating Local Government achievements

Media Release

WT005/2015

14 January 2015

Local Governments will be recognised for their vital role in Australian communities through the 2015 National Awards for Local Government.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the awards give local governments the opportunity to share knowledge and experience, to gain recognition and to grow as a sector.

“As former Mayor, I understand the vital role Councils play in delivering innovative solutions to local challenges,” Mr Truss said.

“Through these awards, the Australian Government celebrates the essential role local governments play in the lives of people living right across Australia.

“Local governments are the closest tier of government to their community so their service delivery is crucial to the social and economic development of Australian regions.”

Mr Truss said since 1986 the National Awards had rewarded the best local government projects with the national recognition they deserved.

“I'm encouraging all local governments to submit projects that contribute to building a stronger more productive and diverse economy and deliver better services at the community level,” he said.

The awards open on 19 January 2015, close on 27 February 2015 and winners will be selected on their progressive ideas and leading practice.

Category winners will be announced in April 2015 and the National Award winner will be announced at the Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly dinner in June 2015.