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Update from the GM: An award for Council is an award for the community

Publish Date 19/04/2017

When we do what we do here at Council each day, we don’t think about who will pat us on the back or whether our work will win us an award or an accolade.

Wayne Wallis

We are focused on one thing and we are always asking ourselves one question – how does this effect Port Stephens and its people?

However, when we do receive a nomination or an award for something we’ve done, I feel it’s important to share this with our community, because almost all the work we do at Council is done in partnership with you. We talk, we share ideas, we stand together and we achieve great things, so I feel that any award won by Council is one to be shared with the entire Port Stephens community.

Two weeks ago, Port Stephens Council attended the NSW Local Government Excellence Awards, which recognise and showcase the pinnacle of excellence in the local government sector in NSW and significant achievements by NSW as well as the outstanding professional development achievements.

Council won the NSW Local Government Excellence Award in the Community Partnerships and Collaboration category for councils with a population over 15,000. Port Stephens competed with five other councils and six other projects.

The award acknowledged the declaration of Soldiers Point as an Aboriginal Place in June 2016, a process that ended 35 years of estrangement and resulted in the understanding of the non-aboriginal community about what aboriginal places are and what it means to manage them.

In the last five years, our aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities have been able to work out a way to manage traditional cultural values in our developed and modern landscape. We now have a clear process of ensuring that Aboriginal cultural values are at the forefront of every decision made at Soldiers Point.

I am proud of this award and so very proud of the relationship we have with the Worimi people of Port Stephens.

Beyond this, I am proud of everything Council is able to achieve thanks to the partnerships we have with Port Stephen’s most important asset - you.