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City of Choice initiative wins excellence award

Published: 5 May 2014

City of Choice initiative wins excellence award
Mayor Pam Parker and Logan City Council Acting CEO John Oberhardt with the award.

Logan City Council has won Queensland's top local government collaboration award for initiating the Logan: City of Choice program in partnership with the State Government and other key stakeholders.

The Excellence in Collaboration award was presented by Local Government Managers Australia Queensland (LGMA Queensland), which recognises outstanding work undertaken by Queensland councils each year through the award categories of Sustainability, Teamwork, Innovation and Collaboration. Logan City Council was also named as award finalists for the Mayor's Reading in Schools Program (Collaboration) and Outreach Immunisation Service (Innovation).

This award follows national recognition received earlier this year when Logan: City of Choice took out the Best Communications/Engagement City Council award and national award at the annual Government Communications Australia Awards.

Logan Mayor, Councillor Pam Parker, said the awards were testament to the success of the large-scale community engagement and participant-led initiative.

"City of Choice is a whole-of-city initiative that is creating positive and lasting community change with direct contribution from the community – it is a community project, delivered by the community, for the community," she said.

"Logan City Council convened a series of community focus groups culminating in the three-day Logan: City of Choice Summit involving hundreds of community members, business leaders and all levels of government.

"From that summit, a two-year action plan was developed and is now guiding community, business and government decision-making to support positive outcomes."

Logan City Council Acting Chief Executive Officer, John Oberhardt, said there had been many highlights relating to the City of Choice initiative since the summit was held in February 2013.

"City of Choice has delivered significant benefits to the people of Logan City, attracting a range of new programs, injection of new funding and the continued flow of resources and focus from sources beyond Logan City Council," he said.

"Logan City Council is committed to continuing to work closely with the community, business and the state and federal governments to progress the plan and ensure that real outcomes are delivered in education, employment, housing, safety and social infrastructure."

Logan City Council finalists in the 2014 LGMA Queensland Awards

The Mayor's Reading in Schools Program 2013: Excellence in Collaboration finalist

This program uses community volunteers to help address literacy disadvantage in target schools, providing literacy support to approximately 200 children in its first period of operation.

Outreach Immunisation Service: Excellence in Innovation finalist

The Outreach Immunisation Service provides in-home vaccinations for clients who are unable to access clinic services. The service has led to a significant increase in vaccination rates throughout Logan.