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FINALISTS ANNOUNCED - NI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AWARDS 2018

The 2018 Local Government Awards, co-ordinated by the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) and NILGA, have reached finalists stage.

An unprecedented 78 entries were received from NI’s councils, across nine exciting, pride in public service categories.

The Awards showcase brilliance in service provision, new initiatives and personal commitment from councils, councillors, staff and partners. They offer public and peer recognition, motivating those delivering and sustaining front line, key council services. The categories reflect innovation, and exceptional commitment, providing opportunities for local government’s staff and members to step forward and shine.

Councillor Dermot Curran, NILGA President, said:
“We’re almost a full electoral term on from the big changes to local government. A huge amount of hard work and vision has gone into modernising councils for local communities, businesses and visitors – as well as meeting needs of wider government and civic society.

As impact grows and performance improves right across our 11 councils, these awards are testimony to how local government is truly at the hub of developing locally designed solutions to local need, as well as planning for a sustainable future. They also provide fantastic learning tools for councils, in an environment where every penny counts.

“We can do things better by learning from the best. Excellence and efficiency are things that NILGA is passionate about, as reflected in the tremendous diversity from our membership, across 78 submissions.”

APSE Chief Executive, Paul O'Brien “Communities thrive with innovative, local services and after the period of transition, the new councils in Northern Ireland are exhibiting real evidence of world class work. Recognition in these awards is richly deserved and demonstrates a genuine commitment to delivering excellence in local government for the communities they are clearly proud to serve.”
The Awards cover nine categories and sponsor partners / support bodies contributing are: Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE); William Johnston Memorial Trust (WJMT); Enterprise Northern Ireland; Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE); Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA); National Association of Councillors (NAC); Sustainable NI; Quarry Products Association (QPANI) and Tourism NI.

Nominees were judged by an independent panel and the finalist councils in each category will be invited to the Gala Awards Recognition Evening as the culmination of NILGA’s Flagship Annual Conference, “Building Sustainable Communities, Delivering a Better Northern Ireland for Everyone”, at the Armagh City Hotel, Armagh, on Thursday 11th October 2018.

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The finalists for the 2018 Local Government Awards are: - (Finalist are listed in alphabetical order)

BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY SERVICE TEAM
Sponsored by the Association for Public Service Excellence [APSE]
1. Belfast City Council Property & Projects Team - Belfast City Council
2. Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Sports Services Unit - Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council
3. Maghera Leisure Centre Leisure Team - Mid Ulster District Council
4. Mid and East Antrim Waste Team - Mid & East Antrim Borough Council

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by the William Johnston Memorial Trust [WJMT]
1. Colin Agnew - Belfast City Council
2. Deynah Doherty, Council Choir - Derry City and Strabane District Council
3. Sean McKevitt, Neighbourhood Renewal Officer - Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

BEST ENTERPRISE INITIATIVE BY A COUNCIL
Sponsored by Enterprise Northern Ireland
1. Investment Programme - Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council
2. Mid & East Antrim Food and Drink Network - Mid & East Antrim Borough Council
3. Project - Mid Ulster Skills Forum - Mid Ulster District Council
4. Digital NMD - Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY COMMUNITY PLANNING INITIATIVE
Sponsored by the Northern Ireland Branch of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers [SOLACE NI]
1. Mid & East Antrim Dementia Friendly Communities - Mid & East Antrim Borough Council
2. Mid & East Antrim Support Hub - Mid & East Antrim Borough Council
3. MUDC Community Planning Partnership - Mid Ulster District Council

BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY ELECTED MEMBER DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
Sponsored by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association [NILGA]
1. Member Development Steering Group - Ards and North Down Borough Council
2. Leadership Development Programme for Elected Members - Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council
3. Member Development - A Key Driver in Corporate Performance - Derry City and Strabane District Council

BEST INITIATIVE BY A COUNCILLOR / COUNCILLOR GROUP
Sponsored by the National Association of Councillors [NAC]
1. Leisure Membership Turnaround Project - Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
2. Councillor Julie Flaherty - Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council
3. Project - Hong Kong Trade Visit to Mid Ulster - Mid Ulster District Council

BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY TOURISM INITIATIVE
Sponsored by Tourism Northern Ireland
1. Belfast Waterfront - Belfast City Council
2. Derry Halloween - Derry City and Strabane District Council
3. Developing EPIC Experiences - Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

EXCELLENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY BY A LOCAL AUTHORITY
Sponsored by Sustainable NI
1. C.L.E.A.R. (Community Learning Environmental Awareness Responsibility) - Ards and North Down Borough Council
2. Environmental Stewardship - Derry City and Strabane District Council
3. Promoting Sustainability in Mid & East Antrim Borough - Mid & East Antrim Borough Council

BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY DESIGN & BUILD CAPITAL PROJECT
Sponsored by Quarry Products Association NI (QPANI)
1. Magherafelt Public Realm Scheme - Mid Ulster District Council
2. Newry Leisure Centre Michael Lipsett - Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
3. Seamus Heaney HomePlace - Mid Ulster District Council

THE SUPPORTING BODIES ARE WHO ARE CONTRIBUTING FINANCIALLY AND ADMINISTRATIVELY TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AWARDS ARE:
1. Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE);
2. William Johnston Memorial Trust (WJMT);
3. Enterprise Northern Ireland;
4. Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE);
5. Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA);
6. National Association of Councillors (NAC);
7. Tourism NI;
8. Sustainable NI (SNI);
9. Quarry Products Association (QPANI).

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