July 28, 2020

Glenelg Shire Council has been recognised as an outstanding achiever in local government today, after being announced as one of nine category winners of the 2020 National Awards for Local Government.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan congratulated the council, saying the awards celebrate the vital role local governments play in delivering services at the local level.

‘These awards showcase the hard work of our local governments in delivering targeted, quality services to communities across the nation and I am proud to see Glenelg Shire being recognised,” Mr Tehan said.

“Their project Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership has won the ‘Promoting Indigenous Recognition’ category for its significant impact and innovative achievements in this area.

“This fantastic project was chosen as the winner because it fosters local initiatives that celebrate Aboriginal culture and helps to build solidarity and respect for Indigenous culture. In doing so, it provides Indigenous youth with leadership opportunities and a platform to express their hopes and ideas for reconciliation.

“I congratulate Glenelg Shire and indeed all our councils who applied this year for the real difference they continue to make in Wannon.”

Federal Minister for Local Government Mark Coulton said as, in previous years, the standard of applications for the 2020 National Awards for Local Government was very high across all categories.

“As a former Mayor, I know how hard our local governments work to build stronger and more sustainable communities to meet the growing needs of their residents. Especially this year having experienced drought, bushfires, floods and now a pandemic,” Minister Coulton said.

“These long-running awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of local government in providing Australian communities with services that foster inclusiveness, diversity, vibrancy and cohesiveness.

“I congratulate all the category winners as well as the applicants for this year’s awards for the amazing work they have done in delivering for communities across Australia.”

These category winners are now in the running for the 2020 National Award for Excellence in Local Government. This award and the Minister’s Award for Progressive Community Leadership will be announced at the 2020 National Award for Excellence in Local Government later in the year.

A full list of category winners, including winning project details, is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/nalg.

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