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National local government awards celebrate innovation

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As part of the Municipal Association of Victoria’s (MAV) ‘Reinvent.LGov’ conference, three Victorian councils were awarded for their innovation via an inclusive voting process by conference delegates.

The National Local Government Innovation Awards were held as part of Reinvent.LGov to celebrate the efforts and achievements of local government projects that have proven success in making service provision more efficient, resource-effective and useful for their communities.

Cr Mary Lalios, President of the MAV commended the effort by Victorian councils in demonstrating results that were transforming business operations, organisational culture and community service delivery.

"These awards recognise best value and practice, with finalists assessed on their outstanding innovation, effort and outcomes; as well as the ability to positively impact council business objectives with the potential to assist and transform other councils through their results.

"We congratulate all finalists and the three winners for their impressive projects and look forward to enhancing the design, delivery and provision of council services with these learnings," she said.

Gold medal

  • Cardinia Shire Council for their Together We Can program tackling family violence prevention

Silver medal

  • Whitehorse City Council for their Whitehorse Tertiary Business Skills Program

Bronze medal

  • City of Greater Dandenong for streamlining and digitising their event application process.

Cr Lalios said each of the winning projects had proven highly beneficial to local businesses, council staff and the wider community.

"Cardinia Shire's 'Together We Can' program demonstrated great creativity in tackling serious social problems, with wonderful efforts in collective community action to stop, prevent and end family violence.

"Whitehorse City Council brought tremendous value to local businesses, students and the community with their Tertiary Business Skills program - an annual student internship initiative established between council and the Deakin University Business School.

"The City of Greater Dandenong was recognised for their fantastic outcomes in streamlining online event applications, which helped to generate more efficient records management processes and huge savings in time and costs for all staff," Cr Lalios said.

The MAV's Reinvent.LGov conference took place from 18 to 19 April in Melbourne, Victoria.

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Contact: Cr Mary Lalios on 044​7 189 409 or MAV Communications on 9667 5547.