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Council wins NSW Local Government Excellence Awards

Publish Date 07/04/2017

Last night Port Stephens Council was announced the winner of the NSW Local Government Excellence Awards 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.

General Manager and team hold the award

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

Port Stephens General Manager, Wayne Wallis, highlighted that the declaration of Soldiers Point as an Aboriginal Place ended 35 years of estrangement.

"We're very proud of the award and we're very proud of the relationship we have with the Worimi", he said.

In the last five years, the aboriginal community and the non-aboriginal community were able to work out a way to manage the cultural values in what is a highly developed, modern landscape.

Council now has a clear process of ensuring that Aboriginal cultural values are at the forefront of every decision made at Soldiers Point.

The NSW Local Government Excellence Awards 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.

The Awards night gathered 300 local government professionals in the Ivy Ballroom, Sydney.