Logan City takes out nation’s top communications award for City of Choice
Published: 28 February 2014
Logan City Council has won the nation’s top government communications award for engaging its community in planning for a positive future through Logan: City of Choice.
The award was presented at the Government Communications Australia conference in Melbourne overnight.
Council also won the award for best communications and engagement by a city council.
Nominated for the communications and engagement process around the Logan: City of Choice summit, Governance, Finance and Economic Development Committee Chairperson Councillor Luke Smith (Division 6) said the awards were well deserved recognition of a job well done.
“City of Choice was a whole-of-Council approach and would not have been possible without the direct contribution of the community. This is an award the entire community can be proud of – it was a community project, delivered by the community, for the community,” said Cr Smith, whose committee is responsible for Council's Marketing and Media branches.
“The summit was deliberately named ‘City of Choice’, to reflect our aspirations for future residents, visitors and investors but also honestly speaking up for what Logan is to so many of our residents and businesses already.”
Cr Smith said significant effort was made by Council to alert the community about the summit and to include as many local residents as possible.
“We placed advertising in our local papers and on radio. We tweeted and facebooked about it, we called and met with and emailed every contact we could, we used our networks, we wrote media releases and established a web page on our corporate site,” he said.
“Delivering on our intention to keep involving community members who couldn’t attend, we tweeted from the summit and projected relevant tweets on a large screen, feeding external commentary back into the summit.
“Even in late October, the #cityofchoice tag was still being used.”
The annual Government Communications Australia Awards are presented to organisations and communicators who have achieved outstanding success from innovative and effective communication practices.