2011 Emerging Leader of the Year Award from LGMA SA on Vimeo.
Adam Mrotek - City of Charles Sturt
Adam Mrotek is the Manager, Planning and Development at the City of Charles Sturt. Adam manages 35 Full Time Equivalent staff members and is responsible for a budget allocation of $2.8 million. Adam’s key achievements includes: Transforming the planning and development team from a paper dominated work environment to a complete technology based ‘paper less’ assessment and administrative environment;Engaging staff to ‘be part of the solution’ Establishing improved working relationships with other divisions of the organisation Establishing an E-planning customer service delivery platform that has resulted in the Council having the second most diverse range of e-service options of all Councils in the state; being appointed to head a newly formed Major Projects Coordinating Group (MPCG) which is a multi disciplinary team that would steer the Council through the various major projects and the 30 Year Plan. Adam has taken a lead role in thinking creatively and responding constructively to new and emerging thinking.
2011 LGMA Management Challenge Award from LGMA SA on Vimeo.
Management challenge Winners:
Another hard fight, but thoroughly enjoyable challenge was held this year!
It was a difficult decision for the judges, but the final results went to:
2011 Excellence in Asset Management Award from LGMA SA on Vimeo.
Excellence in Asset ManagementThe Barossa Council
To treat the millions of litres of wastewater produced in the Barossa each day, The Barossa Council operates a network of 30 Community Wastewater Management System assets, two wastewater treatment plants and multiple treatment and irrigation storage lagoons spread over 912 square kilometres of council area. Communication between the sites and operators became a critical factor, especially in relation to reporting equipment faults.
After extensive investigation Council embarked on an innovative solution that enabled Council staff to monitor the entire wastewater network 24 hours a day from a single off-site location and immediately manage any problems remotely. In a first for local government in South Australia, this was achieved by integrating the SCADA system into Telstra’s Next Generation mobile phone network, saving Council $360,000 in capital infrastructure costs to set up its own communications network. Significant ongoing operational savings, including pump run time and electricity costs were also generated while making better use of Council’s human resources.
2011 Leadership and Management Excellence Metro SA/NT Award from LGMA SA on Vimeo.
Leadership & Management Excellence, Metropolitan Councils, SA/NT
Steve Harrison, City of Prospect
As a demonstration of its commitment to the emerging opportunities from the Federal Government’s National Broadband Network, the City of Prospect under Steve Harrison’s leadership, has successfully conducted training programs for a significant number of the City’s small and medium sized enterprises to enable them to improve their marketing and business administration. The City of Prospect’s Digital Economy Strategy, developed prior to the Federal Election in 2010 was the only one of its kind in Australia and is now considered a national benchmark. In 2010 the strategy was adopted by 7 member councils of the Eastern Region Alliance and is in demand nationally. Consequently the National Broadband Network has named the City of Prospect as one of 19 roll out NBN Roll Out sites.
2011 Leadership and Management Excellence Rural SA/NT Award from LGMA SA on Vimeo.
Leadership & Management Excellence, Rural Councils, SA/NT
Nigel Melzner, City of Port Lincoln
Nigel Melzner is an “achiever” – in his role as Manager Community Infrastructure, in conjunction with his operational responsibilities, he has undertaken several key strategic projects for Council. Two projects in
particular, which are of major environmental significance for the City and Region, have been implemented with demonstrated leadership and expedience.
In a short time frame Nigel has rolled out a Fire Prevention Program promoting the reduction of fuel sources around the city, developing and upgrading key fire tracks and rolling out maintenance programs that have led to sustainable and economically managed future programs.
This proactive and visibly positive approach portrays Council to be showing leadership to our community, many of whom in turn have taken responsibility and action to maintain and fire proof their own properties.
Port Lincoln’s water supply has been secured with the continued implementation of our Water Reuse Scheme for irrigation of the City's sporting facilities, parks, gardens and foreshore. The City’s parks and
reserves have never looked better, with positive feedback from the local and wider community. Nigel has instilled a new energy and dedication in his work team, who have taken pride in developing achievable work
2011 Risk Manager of the Year Award from LGMA SA on Vimeo.
Risk Manager of the Year
Rudi Deco – Adelaide City Council
Rudi assisted in the development of the new Enterprise Risk Management Framework, and the Aquatic Centre Roof Project was the first large project that evidenced the success of the Enterprise Risk Management model within Council. Rudi collated regular input from engineers, management and key staff, government and stakeholders which enabled him to identify relevant risks and their impact in the various circumstances that were planned for.
The project is successfully on track and received third party endorsement by the Mutual Liability Scheme. Rudi managed the risk management process in consultation with key staff, Executive Management and Council, Marion State Aquatic Centre, Office of Recreation and Sport and the Mutual Liability Scheme. The Enterprise Risk Management Framework, Risk Registers and Decision Making tools are relevant to the whole of Local Government and can assist in better informed decision making, more successful projects, increased opportunity and minimised risk. This comprehensive risk management approach enabled Council to keep the Centre open in safe conditions, and provides assurance for a well planned closure and business continuity.
2011 Excellence in Water Security Award from LGMA SA on Vimeo.
Excellence in Water Security
The Environmental Sustainability Team Water Group - City of Tea Tree Gully
The Water Group demonstrates leading practice in water security through the development and operation of an extensive and integrated urban water management system of infrastructure assets, management systems and a long term waterproofing strategic framework.
•· The construction of 8 wetlands, 10 aquifer storage and recover facilities and 33 km of ring main to collect and distribute recycled stormwater.
•· The development of a sewer mining and treatment facility to produce Class A recycled water.
•· Undertaking water efficient measures at all community buildings which included dual flush toilets and flow restriction washes in all taps.
•· Converting all the toilets in the Civic Centre to rainwater
•· The upgrade and modification of the depot wash bay to treat and recycle the water used at this facility.
•· Encourage Water Sensitive Urban Design within all developments.
•· Replacement of existing irrigation infrastructure with subsurface irrigation as well as all new installation.
Council is now in a position where it has reduced its previous water use from approximately 900Megalitresper annum (MLp/a) to approximately 450MLp/a through the implementation of the aforementioned actions.
This Integrated Water Resource Management Strategy and the way it has been implemented by Council is something that is easily applicable and transferable to other Council’s across Australia.
2011 Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Award from LGMA SA on Vimeo.
Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability
Ben Moulton -City of Onkaparinga
Ben Moulton as the Biodiversity Technical Officer at the City of Onkaparinga has implemented numerous innovations and improvements relating to environmental management.
Highlights of his achievements include:
§ The opportunity to reverse the trend of degradation and improve the condition of native vegetation
§ Work in collaboration with the community, state and commonwealth governments and non-government organisations
§ The control and eradication of environmental weeds
§ Reduction of fuel loads and risk
§ Improved amenity and recreational experiences
§ Improved ecosystem health that benefits local agriculture and horticulture pursuits
§ Employment benefits - increased opportunities for local environmental contractors
§ Raised community awareness of biodiversity issues.
Leading the way in data collection, vegetation registers and site management has all been the result of Ben’s hard work and vision for improving our natural environment.
2011 Local Hero for Leadership in Community Services Award from LGMA SA on Vimeo.
Local Hero Award for Leadership in Community ServicesKatie Hearn - Darwin City Council
Darwin City Council’s inaugural “Homeless Connect” event, held in April 2010, driven by Katie, followed the release of the Federal Government’s State of Australian Cities Report in March 2010 that found Darwin has the highest rate of homelessness in the country with a rate 39 times higher than Sydney. The number of people who are homeless in the Northern Territory on any one night is estimated at 4,785 people .
Through Katie’s effort, this event achieved a number of direct benefits for Darwin’s large homeless community. It provided: -
•· 160 swags to people who are homeless or without shelter (a national record);
•· 40 dental checks by onsite dentist plus 2 clients sent for immediate treatment;
•· 200 hygiene packs;
•· 100 haircuts;
•· Approximately 60 massages and pedicures; and
•· Many, many other benefits.
Katie’s efforts in ensuring that this event was a success cannot be underestimated. She put in an incredible number of hours in the lead up to the event and on a number of occasions, put her hand in her own pocket to ensure that everything went to plan.
There were no prior learnings to use as a base and other Councils are now Katie’s approach for their own homeless events.
2011 Excellence in Advancing the Status of Women in Local Government Award from LGMA SA on Vimeo.
Excellence in Advancing the Status of Women
City of Playford Project Steering Committee
The City of Playford empowered a Project Steering Committee comprised of women from all levels of the organisation to plan and implement programs in celebration of the Year of Women in Local Government.
The Steering Committee also included and engaged with women in the Playford community.
Outcomes of the Strategy included:
"What more can I say? WE ROCK! " exclaimed Rachel Patterson on accepting the award on behalf ot the City of Playford Steering Committee
2011 Leadership in Financial Management Award from LGMA SA on Vimeo.
Leadership in Financial Management
Peter Fairlie-Jones - City of Salisbury
Between 2007 and 2010 Peter Fairlie-Jones, Director Finance, at the City of Salisbury led a multi agency and multi-disciplinary team to develop the award winning Brahma Green affordable housing development. In order to address the housing affordability crisis facing its community by using Council owned land, a shared appreciation mortgage product in partnership with HomeStart Finance Salisbury was developed. This resulted in eleven families from the local area with low to moderate incomes achieving their dream of home ownership with a $1,000 deposit. Furthermore the homes were built to a high 7 star energy rating. Importantly, the program was designed to provide a return on council funds and therefore not involve a cost to other ratepayers.
2011 Partnerships for Growth Award from LGMA SA on Vimeo.
Partnerships for Growth AwardRural City of Murray Bridge Executive Leadership Team
The instigation of a Place Making exercise using Village Well, in collaboration with Burke Urban (the developers of the Gifford Hill equine precinct) aims to strike a balance between local authenticity and commercial reality.
The “Imagine the Rural City of Murray Bridge in 2020 – Our Place, Our Future” philosophy aims to create an inclusive forum for all groups to participate and play a part in ‘owning’ the future direction of Murray Bridge.
Positive engagement and collaboration with State Government agencies such as the Department of Local Government and Planning; Department for Water; Department Transport, Energy and Infrastructure; Department of Education Services, Tourism SA, SAPOL, Country Arts, Natural Resource Management Association, and Regional Development Authority has seen effective and rewarding cohesive working partnerships developed.
Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded to Liz Bok for her lifetime dedication to her work in Community Services. The award was touchingly accepted by her husband.
Liz Bok - Adelaide Hills Council
The late Liz Bok was a strong and influential leader in community services and local government.
Despite her passing on 25 December last year, Liz’s efforts secured services and benefits for her local community long into the future.
During her 16 years at the City of Salisbury and Adelaide Hills Council, Liz gave of herself, her energy and her time to develop services to assist vulnerable people in the community.
Over a decade at Salisbury, Liz significantly improved libraries, recreation services, aged care and cemeteries.
For six years at Adelaide Hills, through leadership and effective solutions, Liz built the community services department from the ground up.
At both councils she leaves a strong and lasting legacy.
Liz’s contribution to community services was outstanding and her strong example is applicable across local government.
She demonstrated that, if you have the vision, formulate effective strategies to achieve that aim and are committed and determined in your endeavours, you will achieve success.
In Liz’s case, she applied this methodology to the disadvantaged among us and achieved outstanding community development outcomes.
She remains a strong example to follow.