Whyalla City Council is one of eight local governments from across Australia recognised for exceptional achievements and has been announced as one of the category winners at the National Awards for Local Government.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he is delighted to announce Whyalla City Council as the winner of the Contributing to Regional Growth Award category award.
“I am proud to announce yet another council in Grey has been recognised for the great work they do and in this case the construction of a wonderful tourist attraction in the circular jetty project,” he said. “Certainly it is an attention-grabber.
“The project shows great ingenuity and is the only jetty of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere which has been great for Whyalla since it was completed in October 2020.
“It seems to have captured the moment and at this time there is a lot of economic activity in Whyalla and excitement about projects in the area including; a new school, the return of Kingfish farming, the possibilities of hydrogen production, Green Steel and even a new hotel.
“There is no doubt this year has been a challenge like no other, and these awards have shone a much-deserved spotlight on the efforts of Whyalla City Council and indeed all our local councils, who rose above it all to continue to deliver outstanding results for their residents.”
Assistant Minister for Local Government Kevin Hogan congratulated the winners, and all nominating local councils, for their incredible projects and the positive outcomes achieved in their communities.
“These awards have been running for 35 years now, with councils never ceasing to go above and beyond and amaze the nation with new incredible achievements every year, and 2021 is no different,” Assistant Minister Hogan said.
“This year’s awards received 110 submissions from councils for a range of impactful projects addressing the eight categories of awards, each demonstrating innovation and ingenuity to make a difference in their communities.
“And for the first time this year the nominations were open to public vote, which was really well received with over 6,000 votes being cast to determine our winners.
“What’s clear is the hard work and dedication of our councils, to overcome barriers such as bushfires, floods and COVID-19 to adopt new ideas that deliver remarkable outcomes for their communities.
“The projects nominated for this year’s awards demonstrate how local governments continue to raise the standard of living for Australians, from backing the arts and cultural experiences we know and love, right through to saving lives by improving road safety.
“I congratulate all the category winners in this year’s awards for their outstanding achievements, I can’t wait to see their projects showcased to even more people across the nation.
“I also want to thank and congratulate all nominated councils for their outstanding work and determination, and to the communities who hopped online to vote.”
The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, which is administering the awards, will work with each winner to develop a promotional awards package to be used throughout 2022.
The National Awards for Local Government started in 1986 and are established as the premier awards program for local government.
For more information on the awards, including a full list of the 2021 category winners and their projects, visit www.infrastructure.gov.au/national-awards-local-government.
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December 20 2021.