2020 finalists for the Innovative Management Initiative Award were:

  • Blue Mountains City Council, NSW for the ‘Forward Together’ Project.
  • City of West Torrens, SA for the ‘Fusion Project’.
  • City of Melville, WA for Community Outcome-Based Reporting and Planning.
  • City of Port Phillip, VIC for the Earned Value Management Project.
  • Break O’Day Council, TAS for the Trails Ambassador Program.
  • City of Darwin, NT for the ‘Stronger Together Campaign’.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: City of West Torrens

WINNER: City of Darwin

The Stronger Together Campaign included a wide range of economic stimulus initiatives at a time when the local economy was reeling from border closures, business shut-downs, and the impacts of social distancing. Meeting the needs of the Darwin community, its residents and businesses was at the heart of the campaign. The campaign consisted of six projects and included the development of myDarwin, a web-based discount program for the community to incentivise spending to support local jobs and businesses, as well as $7million in economic aid as part of the COVID-19 recovery effort. The campaign was enhanced by the ‘Keeping the City Going’ initiative which increased maintenance and cleaning services to essential services and linked with Capital Works Focus, employing 100 job-impacted people through the Green Army to carry out essential maintenance and support work. To tie all these initiatives together, a web portal was created to support the community and businesses through timely COVID-related information.