Outstanding efforts at 2020 Local Government awards – Mirage News

The outstanding work of Liverpool City Council staff members has been recognised by two local government awards panels.

Council Administration Officer Elizabeth Pirolo has won the Young Achievers’ Award in the 2020 Minister’s Awards for Women in Local Government.

The Minister’s Awards are organised by the Office of Local Government.

Liverpool City Council’s focus on innovation, improving liveability and celebrating cultural diversity has also been recognised at the NSW Local Government Excellence Awards run by Local Government Professionals Australia.

The Liverpool City Centre Public Domain Master Plan, Council’s 10-year plan to improve its city centre was Highly Commended in the category of Community Partnerships and Collaboration.

Five of council’s initiatives were nominated as finalists for three categories this year including three projects in the category of Community Partnerships and Collaboration.

Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said the annual award results demonstrate Council’s commitment and hard work to supporting its people and Liverpool’s growing economy.

“Firstly congratulations to Elizabeth Pirolo,” Mayor Waller said. “The Award she won recognises the achievements of outstanding women aged 25 and younger who are undertaking traineeships or apprenticeships in the local government sector.

“It’s an outstanding result for her. I hope this will encourage other female staff members to aim high and see what a rewarding career they can have in local government.

“I am also delighted that the Liverpool City Centre Public Domain Master Plan was highly commended in the NSW Local Government Excellence Awards.

“I am aware that staff worked long and hard to design and envision Liverpool as a city of the future,” Mayor Waller said.

“Staff worked closely with the community through face to face consultations and online community feedback surveys to come up with a blueprint for our CBD that includes dedicated cycleways, better lighting, more street trees and vegetation and wider footpaths.

Minister’s Awards for Women in Local Government 2020

Award winner for the Young Achiever’s Award – Elizabeth Pirolo. An outstanding trainee/apprentice (under 25).

NSW Local Government Excellence Awards

Award finalists in the category of Community Partnerships and Collaboration:

Liverpool City Centre Public Domain Master Plan – Highly Commended

This 10-year plan will guide future development and include enhancements of public space in the Liverpool city centre. Wider footpaths, dedicated cycleways, more street trees and vegetation, public art, better furniture, lighting and paving materials are among the improvements suggested in the plan.

Centre for Civic Innovation

The Centre for Civic Innovation, run as a pilot between October and December 2019, was established in a vacant shop space in Liverpool CBD for community members to turn ideas to improve the community into an initiative, a not-for-profit or a business. Fourteen people shared their ideas for potential innovation activities or projects, with two incubated and one developed into a viable business.

CALD Social Board Games

Run in partnership with STARTTS Liverpool, this regular workshop held at Liverpool City Library invites people of all cultural and language backgrounds to come together for social board games such as chess, cards and backgammon.

Award finalist in the category of Local Economic Contribution:

Local Jobs for Local People

This ongoing project will provide pathways for local jobs in South West Sydney. As part of this initiative, Council is now developing a digital platform to connect people with local jobs.

Award finalist in the category of Special Project Initiative:

Eat Your Heart Out Liverpool

Council’s signature CBD event celebrates the city’s multicultural harmony in a one-night street fiesta that combines a tantalising array of food, live music and performances, markets and plenty of art into a feast for the senses, activating different areas of the Liverpool city centre each year.

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Award winner for the Young Achiever’s Award – Elizabeth Pirolo

Liverpool City Centre Public Domain Master Plan – Highly Commended

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