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The LGMA Awards for Excellence recognise the best of local government initiatives in the state, noting the differing environments and communities that local government serves. LGMA is delighted to present a programme which acknowledges and celebrates the outstanding work undertaken by local governments across Queensland. 

The categories are designed to be flexible – recognising that local government is at the forefront of innovation and operates in a rapidly changing environment. Categories are not intended to be limited to particular areas of local government activity. Instead, they are applicable to activities across the whole of local government.

2024 Awards for Excellence Gala

The 2024 Awards for Excellence Gala was held at the State Library of Queensland on Thursday 23 May 2024.

2024 Awards for Excellence nominating councils included:

Balonne Shire Council, Brisbane City Council, Burke Shire Council, Cairns Regional Council, Charters Towers Regional Council, City of Gold Coast,  City of Moreton Bay, Etheridge Shire Council, Fraser Coast Regional Council, Gladstone Regional Council, Ipswich City Council, Isaac Regional Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Mackay Regional Council, Noosa Council, Norfolk Island Regional Council, Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council, Redland City Council, Rockhampton Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, Sunshine Coast Council, Toowoomba Regional Council and Western Downs Regional Council – Congratulations to all nominating councils!

Australasian Management Challenge (AMC) Competing Teams in 2024: 

·         City of Moreton Yay

·         Fraser Coast Shifting Sands

·         Future Plex (Noosa Council)

·         Ipswich Innovators

·         Redlands Coast Bay Watchers

·         Rocky Innovators

·         Sunshine Summit

·         United 7 (Brisbane City Council)

·         Warm Penguins (Brisbane City Council)

·         Western Phoenix (Western Downs Regional Council)

Thank you for accepting the Challenge!

2024 Awards for Excellence Gala Award Winners:

Sustainability – Balonne Shire Council – Wild Dog Exclusion Fence Program – proudly supported by King and Company Solicitors

Workplace Wellbeing – Gladstone Regional Council – Our Culture Journey – proudly supported by NB Employment Law

Collaboration – Land for Wildlife South East Queensland – Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, Noosa, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Toowoomba Councils – proudly supported by the Department Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works

Resourcefulness – Norfolk Island Regional Council – Waste Management Program – proudly supported by Brighter Super

Teamwork – Western Downs Regional Council – Disaster Response and Recovery – proudly supported by Gadens

Community Shaping – Gladstone Regional Council – First Nations Fire Officer – proudly supported by Preston Law

Innovation – Brisbane City Council – Brisbane Metro, a new era of connected travel – proudly supported by King and Company Solicitors

Above and Beyond – Stephen Dry – Cairns Regional Council – proudly supported by Brighter Super

2024 Australasian Management Challenge, Queensland – proudly supported by JLT

Third Place: Western Downs Regional Council – Western Phoenix

Second Place: Sunshine Coast Council – Sunshine Summit

Winner: City of Moreton Bay – City of Moreton Yay!

2024 Awards for Excellence Gala Award Finalists:


Community Conservation Partnerships – Brisbane City Council

Workplace Wellbeing

The Rehabilitation and Return to Work Programme – Western Downs Regional Council

Workplace Wellbeing Safety Initiatives – Lockyer Valley Regional Council


Bunya Mountains Bike Trails Project – Western Downs Regional Council

Cultural Mediation at The Condensery – Somerset Regional Council

Embracing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Initiative – Redland City Council


Project Integration – Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council

Strategic ICT Framework – Burke Shire Council


Bridging the Gap – The collapse of Routh Creek Bridge – Etheridge Shire Council

Growing Great Spaces – Rockhampton Regional Council

Community Shaping

Night Patrol – Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council

RideScore – Sunshine Coast Council

Save Glenden – Isaac Regional Council

Stronger Communities – Ipswich City Council


Divisional Economic Dashboard – City of Moreton Bay

Flood Information Portal – Lockyer Valley Regional Council

Lived Experience Inclusion Project – Sunshine Coast Council

Congratulations to all award nominees and AMC participants. 

Thank you for the work you do in your communities and thank you for supporting LGMA. 


Thank you to the Corporate Partners supporting the 2024 Awards for Excellence


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