LGNSW President Keith Rhoades

Innovation and Leadership

By Melissa Blewitt


Lachlan Shire Council is leading the way in environmental innovation.

They have been named as a finalist in two categories of the 2016 Excellence in the Environment Awards – firstly in the Roadside Environmental Management category, for their “Roadside corridor assessment and management guidelines” initiative; and secondly in the Waste Education and Communication section for their Waste Services Rationalisation plan.

The highly-coveted annual awards, now in their 19th year, recognise exceptional environmental achievements, and will showcase an impressive collection of projects that reinforce the leadership role of local government in tackling environmental and sustainability issues proactively.

“Lachlan Shire Council is very proud and happy to have been nominated for the 2016 Excellence in the Environment Awards,” General Manager Robert Hunt said.

“Our dedicated staff are committed to using innovative means to manage environmental issues within the Shire.”

LGNSW President Keith Rhoades said councils were at the cutting edge of managing environmental issues and continue to be a source of meaningful change.

“Innovation and commitment is a common thread, as is the appreciation of the community benefits of a well-managed and protected environment,” he stated.

This year LGNSW received 81 entries from 42 councils (or groups of councils) across 15 award categories encompassing waste management, natural resource management climate change action, local sustainability, communication, education and empowerment.

In each category, there are three prizes based on council population sizes: less than 20,000; between 20,000 and 60,000; and over 60,000. Entries are accepted from individual councils, county councils, and regional groups of councils.

The winners will be announced on 29 November.


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