NSW Local Government Excellence in the Environment Awards 2017


Local Government NSW welcomes entries to the annual Local Government Excellence in the Environment Awards. These awards recognise outstanding achievements by NSW councils in managing and protecting the environment.

This year we celebrate twenty years of inspiration from NSW councils in programs, projects and people, across 15 categories.

Councils and county councils who are members of LGNSW are eligible to enter. Local government organisations or groups of councils are also eligible to enter if the constituent councils are LGNSW members.

For each of the awards there are three divisions based on a council's population base. These divisions are:

Division Council Population
Aless than 30,000
B30,000 - 70,000
Cmore than 70,000

If a project has been undertaken by a regional group of councils or other council-based organisation, then the division is based on the combined population bases of all councils within the region or organisation.

Certificates will be awarded to the winners in each division and all category award winners will receive a trophy.

The prize for the overall winner of the Local Sustainability Award is an overseas study tour or a professional development program for council staff, valued at $10,000 (plus GST). A proposal will be developed by the winning council for approval by LGNSW. The delegates on the study tour, or the participants in the professional development program will be expected to present their findings at the following year's event.

The prize for the Louise Petchell Memorial Award for Individual Sustainability will be a certificate and the winner's choice of a prize of $700 (including GST) to one of the following:

  • An accommodation/meal package for two at Jemby Rinjah EcoLodge, Blackheath NSW or
  • An accommodation/meal package for two at the Observatory Hotel, Port Macquarie, winner of two Green Globe Awards including the Premier's Award 2014 or
  • A similar package at an ecologically focused venue / resort of the winner's choosing (by agreement with LGNSW).

Entries should be submitted via the online portal by following the steps outlined below:

  1. Click on the Submit an entry button at the top of the page to access the online portal.
  2. Follow the instructions to create an account - be sure to save your email address and password so you can log in at a later date.
  3. Select the category which you wish to submit an entry.
  4. Read the eligibility requirements and conditions of entry before commencing your entry.
  5. Complete the online entry form - this can be saved along the way and completed at a later date. You will need to log back in to complete it.
  6. Upload material to support entries - details are provided in the conditions of entry.
  7. You will receive an email to confirm that your entry has been received.

The entry form and the conditions of entry documents provide the terms and conditions relating to all entries.

Award Categories

Asbestos Management

This award recognises outstanding achievement in developing or implementing an initiative that will improve the management of asbestos. This may include, but is not limited, to:

  • Management plans or policies.
  • Staff engagement, education or training programs.
  • Risk management processes.
  • Community education or awareness raising campaigns.

Projects that are planned or delivered in partnerships with other organisations are eligible.

Climate Change Action

Bronze Award sponsored by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

This award recognises outstanding initiatives undertaken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or address climate change risks and vulnerabilities. The award incorporates, but is not limited to:

  • Council programs and policies to manage climate change risks to their communities and their operations.
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Empowering community and/or business to adapt to the impacts of climate change or reduce emissions.
  • Programs that increase the capacity of species, ecosystems and landscapes to adapt to climate variability.

Communication, Education and Empowerment

Bronze Award sponsored by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

This award recognises outstanding initiatives that have informed the community and increased peoples' capacity to be active participants in moving society towards sustainability. Initiatives could form a component of a broader sustainability strategy, or focus on specific environmental issues.

The award incorporates, but is not limited to:

  • Environmental education programs, including resources, and activities for schools, community groups or industry/business.
  • Initiatives which address: community consultation - committees, processes, etc.

Invasive Species Management

Bronze Award sponsored by NSW Department of Primary Industries.

An award to recognise innovative and effective initiatives and programs to manage invasive plants and animals in NSW.

Initiatives and programs may include eradication programs, education/awareness raising programs, capacity building and training programs, applied research programs, development of strategies, and biological and alternative control methods.

Innovation in Planning, Policies and Decision Making

This award recognises innovation in the application of integrated environmental management and sustainability practices in planning, policies and decision making. This includes both local land use and strategic planning initiatives.

The award incorporates, but is not limited to:

  • Plans or policies which integrate, protect or enhance environmental and sustainability outcomes for the built and natural environment. Examples include management plans for individual species, specific issues or areas, the use of planning instruments, and design approaches to achieve these outcomes.
  • Resources, tools or support materials to assist councils make high quality decisions to manage their natural resource, and improving local environmental outcomes.
  • Activities across local land use and strategic planning initiatives.

Natural Environment Protection & Enhancement: On-Ground Works

Bronze Award sponsored by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

This award recognises outstanding "on-ground" initiatives to conserve, protect, and enhance the local environment on public and/or private land in urban and/or rural areas. The award incorporates, but is not limited to:

  • Projects that protect, conserve, and enhance natural environments, ecosystems and wildlife habitat, and rehabilitating and restoring degraded areas.
  • Community involvement in environmental management, including Bushcare and similar programs.
  • Protection of endangered and protected species and their habitats
  • Waterway and riparian corridor restoration and rehabilitation projects and stormwater improvement programs in an urban environment that have improved the health and amenity of the waterway.
  • Projects which reduce pollution, reduce the impacts of pollution, and/or remediate land.

Roadside Environmental Management

Bronze Award Sponsored by the NSW Roadside Environment Committee.

This award recognises excellence and innovation in roadside environmental management planning and implementation.

The award incorporates, but is not limited to:

  • Assessment of roadside environments.
  • Preparation of roadside vegetation management plans or similar.
  • Implementation of roadside vegetation management plans or similar e.g. through staff/contactor training, community education, demonstrated integration with other council planning.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of roadside vegetation management plans or similar.

Resource Recovery

Bronze Award sponsored by NSW Environment Protection Authority.

This award recognises outstanding initiatives that resulted in or will lead to, significant increases in resource recovery or improved environmental outcomes. This category includes projects which focus on the back-end of the waste management process. That is, actions which are carried out by council following the collection of waste from the community.

The award incorporates but is not limited to projects or initiatives that

  • Implement sustainable materials transport methods.
  • Establish or enhance innovative sorting techniques at the facility.
  • Provide innovative processing methods which improve recovery benefits or capture additional materials.
  • Deliver outstanding environmental outcomes through reduced emissions or the reduction of other contaminants entering the environment.

Community Waste Services

Bronze Award sponsored by NSW Environment Protection Authority.

This award recognises outstanding waste service delivery initiatives that resulted in or will lead to significant environmental outcomes. This category includes projects which focus on the delivery of waste services to the community. These are waste management actions carried out by council up to and including the collection of waste from the community.

The award incorporates, but is not limited to:

  • Projects that increase the range or quantity of materials recovered, both though kerbside collection and otherwise.
  • Innovative on-ground actions to increase reuse and avoidance practices in the community.
  • Outstanding on-ground illegal dumping or litter projects/programs.
  • Superior management of local government waste services to holistically deliver improved benefits to the local community and environment.

Behaviour Change in Waste

Bronze Award sponsored by NSW Environment Protection Authority.

This award recognises outstanding behaviour change initiatives in the area of waste and recycling.

The award incorporates, but is not limited, to:

  • Innovative behaviour change programs with demonstrated waste outcomes. Waste outcome examples include increased reuse and avoidance, increased recycling, decreased recycling contamination, decreasing litter or illegal dumping.
  • Other targeted education, awareness raising or capacity building programs to deliver improved waste and recycling outcomes.

Community Sharps Management

Bronze Award sponsored by NSW Ministry of Health.

An award recognises outstanding initiatives to support ongoing and/or trial collection systems and community education programs (including programs in partnership with State agencies, pharmacies, community groups and other stakeholders) for community sharps waste generated in households and public places.

Sustainable Procurement

Bronze Award sponsored by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

This award recognises outstanding initiatives that have resulted in a significant cultural change and streamlined processes resulting in sustainable procurement.

The award incorporates, but is not limited to:

  • Procurement initiatives undertaken in major capital works programs through demonstrated consideration of quadruple bottom line objectives.
  • Procurement initiatives in managing general business and infrastructure maintenance expenses through demonstrated consideration to quadruple bottom line objectives.

Water Management

Bronze Award sponsored by the Water Directorate.

This award recognises excellence in practical solutions for sustainable water management. The award incorporates a wide range of water management initiatives including, but not limited to:

  • Water savings achieved in the provision of water supply and sewerage services by local water utilities through demand and/or supply side projects/measures. Nominations will demonstrate (actual or forecast) savings per year.
  • Integrated water management initiatives to improve efficiency and/or water quality (recycling or stormwater harvesting schemes; retrofitting or constructing water efficient buildings and precincts; retrofitting or constructing new water/wastewater treatment facilities to deliver better environmental outcomes; water sensitive urban design).
  • Water and sewerage projects that provide for enhanced environmental outcomes that would not have otherwise been achieved without the completion of the water or sewer related project.

Local Sustainability

Silver Award sponsored by Office of Environment and Heritage and Local Government Super.

This prestigious award recognises outstanding achievement by a NSW council to implement Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) and strive for a sustainable future for their local community.

The commitment to local sustainability demonstrated by councils entering this category makes entry in at least 3 bronze categories a pre-requisite in the current or previous years (note: prior years may be included).

The award incorporates, but is not limited to:

  • Whole-of-council approach to sustainability implemented through the Integrated Planning and Reporting framework and may include Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability Actions Plans, and/or other projects which demonstrate a whole-of-council commitment to sustainability principles.
  • Initiatives in managing for a sustainable environment including the incorporation of ESD principles into planning policies and development projects and policies demonstrating sustainability principles, including monitoring and evaluations tools to assess progress towards sustainability.

Louise Petchell Memorial Award for Individual Sustainability

Award sponsored by Local Government Super.

An award to recognise individual achievement by a council officer or elected councillor in contributing to the cause of environmental improvement and sustainability.

The award is named in honour of Louise Petchell, Sustainability Manager at Penrith City Council, who sadly and unexpectedly passed away in 2009. Louise was respected across the local government sector and was pivotal in the success of Penrith City Council in many Excellence in the Environment Awards.

Please note information provided in this nomination will be kept confidential, and permission will be sought from the winning nominee before any information is published. Self-nomination is permitted.

Keydates

Date
Entries Open 12 April 2017
Entries Close 5pm, 31 May 2017
Awards presented 11 October 2017 at a forum and presentation lunch at UTS Aerial, Camperdown, Sydney

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