Riverina and Central West Councils can now nominate for 2017 National Awards for Local Government

  • National awards recognise innovation in regional community services
  • Categories range from boosting productivity to inspiration through the arts
  • Nominations for awards close 3 March 2017

The Commonwealth Government’s annual awards for innovative local government projects are now open for entries.

Minister for Local Government and Territories Fiona Nash invites local governments to nominate for the 2017 National Awards for Local Government (NALG).

“These awards recognise innovative projects which provide new or improved local government services,” Minister Nash said.           


“Through these awards the Government celebrates the ‘best of the best’ local government projects which range from infrastructure and regional growth to art.

“I encourage all local governments to submit projects that contribute to building stronger and vibrant communities.”

The national winner of the 2016 Awards was Mackay Regional Council in Queensland for their Transforming a Water Business project.

The Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack said councils interested in nominating their projects have until Friday, 3 March 2017, to do so.

“The nomination period gives all Riverina and Central West councils just under five weeks to nominate projects which they believe align with the NALG’s judging criteria,” Mr McCormack said.

“Councils have the opportunity to nominate under a wide range of categories including boosting productivity through infrastructure or contributing to regional growth.

“I have great confidence in the councils of the electorate and many of the fantastic, cost-effective and innovative projects that they have initiated to enhance the delivery of services, social cohesion and community programs.

“I encourage councils in the Riverina and Central West to nominate their deserving projects for consideration and wish all those that do the very best with their nominations”.

More information about the awards, and how to submit an entry, is available at: www.infrastructure.gov.au/nalgor by contacting the Wagga Wagga electorate office.

Category winners will be announced in mid-April this year and the national winner will be announced at theAustralian Local Government Association National General Assembly dinner in June 2017.

Cristy Houghton