After being shortlisted in four total categories at the 2023 NSW Local Government Excellence Awards, Port Stephens Council and Singleton Council have respectively taken out wins at the recent Local Government Excellence awards ceremony.
The NSW Local Government Excellence Awards celebrate outstanding achievements and promote innovation and continuous improvement within NSW local government.
General Manager of Port Stephen’s Council, Tim Crosdale said the nominations alone demonstrate the excellent work being undertaken by the teams across a number of sections within Council despite limited resources and finances.
“Being acknowledged in four categories at the awards is proof of the team’s dedication, hard work, and passion, as well as the significance of working efficiently within available resources and relying on external funding,” Tim said.
This latest recognition follows PSCare winning first place in the Wellbeing Category at the 2023 StateCover Mutual Awards and winning Best Health and Wellbeing Program at the 2023 Hunter Safety Awards.
Singleton City Council’s Spend in Singleton gift card program, which has seen over $998,000 flow into the local economy through 16,000 loaded gift cards, won the Support Local Enterprise category of the Awards held in Sydney earlier this week.
Spend in Singleton is a unique and convenient gifting solution that supports the local economy.
The program ensures local dollars remain local by enabling the gift of boutique shopping or dining experiences to friends, family members or colleagues to over 140 local retailers.
Singleton Council’s Acting Director of Organisation and Community Capacity, Alison Bodiam said in just three years, the program has been firmly established within the community and has delivered significant benefits to Singleton businesses.
“Spend in Singleton is a fantastic program worthy of recognition, but the real achievement is how our community have taken up this initiative and have chosen to spend their dollars locally,” Alison said.
“More than a shop local program, Spend in Singleton has been a catalyst to activate local expenditure, develop resilience against multiple economic impacts, provide community support and educate Singleton’s community to re-connect with local business.”
Initially driven in response to feedback from businesses for a shop local initiative to build resilience and recover from the 2019-2020 bushfire impacts, the Spend in Singleton gift card program was developed through COVID-19 and five flood events during 2020-2022.
Part of the Why Leave Town program, Spend in Singleton has a significant redemption rate of 75 per cent and is the fifth most successful program from 80 operational in NSW.
President of Business Singleton, Danny Eather said Spend in Singleton was an overwhelming success, achieving objectives to increase local expenditure, build business resilience and create connections within the Singleton community and local businesses.
“Business Singleton’s partnership with Council has enabled a local support program that has exceeded expectations and has brought benefits to over 140 local businesses,” Danny said.
“We’re extremely proud of what the partnership has achieved and humbled by requests from other business chambers on the partnership model and program.”
Council’s award-winning Shark Tank initiative, a proactive approach to eliminate or minimise risk across Council’s many business activities, was also a finalist in the Risk Management category of the Awards.
Founded on agriculture, driven by coal and sustained by the Hunter River, Singleton holds an important place in NSW. From its unique beginnings as a significant Aboriginal then European settlement, Singleton has developed into the economic beating heart of the state and a centre of industry, heritage and community.
Flanked by farm land, wineries and framed by the Wollemi and Yengo National parks, the Singleton local government area embodies a warm welcome that is only found in regional Australia.