MP Janelle Saffin.
MP Janelle Saffin.

Local Government units shine

PAGE MP Janelle Saffin has congratulated Clarence Valley and Lismore City councils on becoming category winners and finalists for the 2012 National Awards for Local Government.

"Clarence Valley Council and Lismore City Council are now in the running for the overall 2012 National Award for Excellence in Local Government, to be announced at a special presentation in Canberra in late June," she said.

"Lismore City and Tweed Shire councils recently agreed to work with Northern Rivers-New South Wales Business Chamber regional manager John Murray on a great initiative to make local councils more 'small business-friendly'.

"This is why I have asked Federal Minister for Local Government Simon Crean to consider adding another category to next year's national awards aimed at encouraging closer relationships between the local government and small business sectors."

Ms Saffin said Clarence Valley Council this year had added to its cabinet of previous national awards, taking out two of the 27 category awards and being commended in a third category.

These included:

  • Winner for Regional Collaborations, for the Clarence Valley Industry Education Forum, a partnership initiative established in 2006 which aims to build the future of the Clarence's young people as well as meeting industry and community needs. The forum has three current programs - 'Career Link', 'Fresh Start' and 'Stellar'.
  • Winner for Engaging and Strengthening Indigenous Communities, for 'Fresh Start', a  school-to-work transition program for Aboriginal students and their families that tackles high Aboriginal youth employment.
  • Commended for Innovation in Natural Resource Management for Building Innovative NRM Partnerships - A Success Story on the North Coast of New South Wales.

Ms Saffin also praised Lismore City Council's Road Safety Officer Lisa Marshall and her team for winning the National Road Safety Council-sponsored Excellence in Road Safety Award for its 'Drive To Conditions' program.

"This integrated road safety program was developed in response to the high number of crashes occurring locally as well as consistent feedback from community members and local police that many motorists were not driving to conditions," she said.

Information about the National Awards for Local Government can be found at

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