Gongs for Growth Area councils

Penrith City Council (NSW) has collected two prizes at the National Growth Areas Alliance’s (NGAA) annual awards night that honour projects and work by Australia’s fast-growing outer suburbs.

Penrith claimed the Partnerships and Building Connections category for its Health Action Plan, and also the Advocacy category.

The health plan is a partnership with three levels of government that used existing work and resources more strategically, and clearly articulated the roles of different entities, the judges said.

“Initiatives resulting from the Plan include the Village Café project, reducing loneliness and isolation, and the Healthy Built Environment Audit Tool, a way to measure the healthiness of a suburb.”

The City of Casey (VIC) received the Built Environment Award for its Selandra Community Hub, an almost carbon-neutral facility which began as an interim building while the residential community was being developed, and is now permanent.

The Research and Practice Award went to the City of Cockburn (WA) for its Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan 2018-2033, which will guide how Council will build $209m worth of community facilities for its rapidly expanding population.

South Australia’s City of Playford received the Leadership in Growth award for its ongoing support of Mayor Glenn Docherty in his role as NGAA Chair, by hosting the alliance’s inaugural National Congress, and contributing to alliance projects.