2024 National Awards for Local Government open

Entries are now open for the 2024 National Awards for Local Government, which recognise outstanding innovation implemented by councils that have enhanced local communities.

Now in its 38th year, previous award winners have been celebrated for incredible initiatives.

This includes the Glen Eira Mums Program from Glen Eira City Council in Victoria, designed to provide early intervention to family violence, and the Ghost Walks Program by the City of Gosnells in Western Australia, which provides a “Spook-tacular” experience during the full moon.

There are 11 award categories: Women in Local Government, Waste Management, Road Safety, Regional Growth, Productivity through Infrastructure, Indigenous Recognition, Disaster Readiness and Recovery, Creativity and Culture, Cohesive Communities, Career Starter, and Addressing Violence against Women and their Children.

All elected local government organisations, local government associations and other recognised organisations that provide direct services to Australian communities are eligible to enter.

Entries will close on 18 March and can be submitted online at: https://nalg.awardsplatform.com.

Voting will then be open to councils and the broader public from 19 March to 26 April, with winning initiatives in each category to be announced mid this year.

Further information on the National Awards for Local Government, including previous winning entries, is available at: www.infrastructure.gov.au/NALG.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government, Kristy McBain MP:

“As a former mayor and regional councillor, I know how hard local councils and their staff work to improve the lives of their communities – which is why it’s important we take the time to recognise and celebrate this.

“Councils are at the forefront of the day-to-day services that we all rely on, and in the face of devastating events such as floods, bushfires and the pandemic, they have continued to innovate and meet their regions’ needs.

“By shining a spotlight on these resourceful and creative solutions, we not only celebrate the dedication and innovation of councils, but also support these ideas being adapted and replicated elsewhere.”