REGION - Northern Grampians Shire Council is a finalist in two categories of the prestigious LGPro Awards for Excellence 2013.
Local Government Professionals Inc. (LGPro) is Victoria's peak body for local government professionals and holds awards every year for innovative projects completed by the state's 79 councils.
Northern Grampians Shire Council is a finalist in the Innovative Management Initiative for its handling of the flood recovery effort, which began after the January 2011 floods.
Council is also a finalist in the Special Projects Initiative category for the farm fencing restoration project involving local prisoners re-erecting fences in the wake of the January and December 2011 floods.
Northern Grampians Shire Mayor, Cr Wayne Rice said it was a great honour to be a finalist in the awards.
"The council is really pleased to be a finalist in not one, but two categories," he said.
"Whether or not we win, being shortlisted is a great honour as it shows that these projects are among the best in the state."
The LGPro Awards for Excellence are judged by a panel of local government professionals selected for their technical and specialist skills, knowledge and experience related to the category they judge. The awards serve an important role in promoting and celebrating the outstanding work being undertaken by local government organisations across Victoria. There are eight award categories.
When informing Northern Grampians Shire Council of the awards, LGPro CEO David Preiss offered his congratulations on the council having two finalists in the Awards for Excellence.
"In a year where we had the largest number of nominations we have ever received - 129 - this is an achievement that you and your organisation should be proud of," he said.
Winners will be announced at the LGPro conference in Melbourne this Thursday.