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City of Ballarat Community Magazine April 2011
LGPro Awards for Excellence
Ballarat's initiative for a long term sustainable water supply for Lake Wendouree
has taken out a prestigious Local Government Professionals (LGPro) Award
for Excellence. The Sustainability Award recognises initiatives that deliver
environmentally sustainable projects or processes that provide a new way
of meeting current needs without compromising future resources.
Council was awarded for bringing together many government agencies, as
well as residents and community groups to find a viable way to guarantee
the water supply.
Council would like to thank its project partners Department of Sustainability
and Environment, Regional Development Victoria, Central Highlands Water,
Southern Rural Water, Corangamite Catchment Management Authority,
Environment Protection Authority, Department of Health, Committee for
Ballarat, TGM Group and the community for their hard work and dedication
in securing a long term, sustainable water supply for Lake Wendouree.
The Award recognised the long-term nature of the project that it has scope
for wider community benefits through the stormwater harvesting component,
which will also provide water for the city's parks, reserves and sports grounds
and that it has not compromised the Lake's ecology.
Since last autumn more than 1800 million litres of water has been provided
to the Lake through the supplementary water supplies. Without those
supplementary supplies, the Lake would still only be half full.
Council's Ballarat Industry Participation Program (BIPP) was also a finalist in
the Innovative Management category of the LGPro Excellence Awards.
BIPP is a unique program that encourages and assists local businesses to win
a greater share of Council's tendered business contracts. It allows Council,
within the tender process and Trade Practices Act framework, to ensure its
expenditure is closely aligned to regional and local economic outcomes by
including a local content component in its evaluation criteria.
Other parts of the BIPP include TenderWrite, a series of business development
workshops that provide training on how to win more business from all levels
of government, and Regional Industry Link, a central website where Council
uploads all of its tenders and where businesses can link together to bid
During the 2009-2010 financial year the BIPP ensured 88.6 per cent of
Council's tendered business was awarded to local or regional contractors.
The LGPro Awards is an annual program organised by LGPro the peak body
for Local Government professionals in Victoria. The Awards, which have been
running for ten years, are judged by a panel of experts from across the state.
This year 115 nominations were received across the eight categories from
councils around Victoria. This was the highest number of nominations since
the Awards' inception.
The annual Awards for Excellence promote and celebrate the innovative and
creative work undertaken by local government staff across the state.
The Awards challenge councils to be inventive and to look for new solutions,
efficiencies and better ways of providing services to their communities.
For further information on the Lake Wendouree Sustainable Water Supply
Project or the BIPP contact 5320 5500 or visit www.ballarat.vic.gov.au
For further information on LGPro visit www.lgpro.com
Below: Council's Manager Public Spaces and Environment Ian Rossiter and Cr John
Philips with the LGPro Award for Excellence
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