Celebrating Excellence in Local Government

We were delighted to again be the sponsor of the Innovative Leadership and Management Award, presented at the LG Professionals NSW Annual Awards Dinner held at Doltone House, Darling Island Sydney.

This award specifically recognises superior leadership and management skills to achieve outstanding benefits for the organisation and for the community. It involves innovative projects and initiatives that demonstrate new ways to lead, facilitate, administer, control, and ensure a particular outcome is achieved; as well as promoting the positive changes to the leadership and management of councils, their processes and practices.

This was an outstanding event with hundreds in attendance representing 55 Councils across NSW, and associated organisations.

The judging for the Innovative Leadership and Management Award was tight, with excellent submissions from a diverse group of Councils:

  • Central Coast Council — Central Coast Future Council
  • City of Canterbury-Bankstown — Functional Alignment and Transition Program
  • Cumberland Council — Youth Participation & Programs Team
  • Liverpool City Council — People Achieving
  • Port Stephens Council — Service Review program
  • The Hills Shire Council — The Community Event Application process

Our Business Development Associate, Judy Charlton, and Leadership Development Manager, Chris Georgiadis, presented the awards on behalf of Blackadder Associates.

Runner-up and Highly Commended was awarded to City of Canterbury-Bankstown for their Integrated Change Management Program. To ensure a smooth integration of the two-council-merger, Council focused on the implementation of a comprehensive program to transition the former Canterbury and Bankstown Councils to the new City of Canterbury-Bankstown. The foundation of this program was built upon a commitment to strong staff engagement and a vision to be a leading organisation that collaborates and innovates.

The Winner for the Innovative Leadership and Management Award was Cumberland Council for their Youth Participation and Programs Team. In 2016/17 Cumberland Council led a dynamic engagement process to develop a Youth Strategy for the LGA over eight months, engaging over 1,600 young people, as well as service providers, community organisations, parents and families, faith-based organisations, youth facility managers, schools, and Council staff. Local young people were involved at every stage of the strategy development, which encompassed five priority areas: employment, education, health and wellbeing, community connection, and safety. The strategy gives Council a plan to realise the vision of making Cumberland the ‘best place for young people in NSW.’

Congratulations to all Finalistss and to Cumberland and Canterbury-Bankstown Councils for leading the way in innovation excellence. It is an absolute privilege for us to be part of this worthy program, recognising excellence in local government.