National Federation Awards – 2018 Winners

Congratulations to the team at Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council, Queensland
Eileen Deemal-Hall, Kieran Mau, Trent Cadman and Rex Gibbs

Wujul Wujul Emergency Management Network and Community Forum

Wujul Wujul in Queensland is serviced by a Telstra and mobile 3G system that is fragile in adverse weather. Telecommunications have failed on a number of occasions for sometimes more than 48 hours.

In an Australian first, the Wujul Wujul Emergency Management Network and Community Forum provides those working and living with access to telecommunications which is wind and rain resistant, when normal systems are compromised.

The network is based on a microwave radio link backbone with three main towers. The network operates alongside council’s existing servers. Functionality:

  • Intra-community communication via voice, text or email, even if the Telstra network has failed.
  • Batch warning issues, notification and information.
  • Internet access for select users.
  • Video and image transfer, allowing council to view and operate infrastructure including water treatment collection and storage through the network.
  • Access to council-approved websites such as transport and main road flood cameras, the Bureau of Meteorology and energy providers.

More information can be found here.

Congratulations to the team at Lismore City Council, NSW
Sharyn Hunnisett, Garon Clough and Steve Dillion

Lismore Community Solar Initiative

Lismore City Council’s biggest organisational goal is self-generate 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2023. The Community Solar Initiative is the flagship project of this goal, and became the first council-owned, community funded solar farm in Australia.

The initative boasts two 100kW solar farms – one of the nation’s largest floating solar farms now sits on the overflow ponds at the East Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant. The second is a rooftop solar farm at Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre.

The rooftop solar farm is now providing 15% of the aquatic centre’s power requirements while the floating solar farm’s 280 solar panels generate 12% of the East Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant’s energy requirements.

Information about Lismore City Council’s renewable Energy Masterplan can be found here.

Congratulations to the team at City of Casey, Victoria
Glenn Reincastle
, Daniel Winstone, Kim Reynolds, Ann Addinsall and Virginia Lloyd

Dads Matter

The City of Casey’s Dads Matter program was designed because council recognises the important role that fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers and other men play in a child’s life. Council funded the program to develop opportunities that celebrate and recognise their importance as active contributors to their children’s development.

Dads Matter provides an avenue for dads to prioritise spending time with their children and building relationships. It does this through a range of ways:

  • The Read-Play-Make program develops strong relationships between children and dads through literacy based activities.
  • The Cook It with Dad program provides opportunity for dads and children to experience cooking healthy meals together.
  • The Dads’ Little Builders program has been designed to encourage children and dads to connect through creating and building, while developing practical and creative skills.
  • The Daytime Dads Playgroup is designed to support and acknowledge Dads spending time at home during the day with their children.
  • Daytime Dads reduces isolation through connection – especially relevant to newly arrived families, those with irregular work hours and stay at home dads.
  • Dads Nights, held in partnership with primary schools, are leading the provision of support to fathers to engage in the school system during the crucial years of a child’s development.
  • Pop Up Playgroups operate across the municipality, with a Dads Matter officer involved.

Visit the City of Casey website for more information.

Congratulations to Brad Vitale, Community Development Officer from the Shire of Waroona, Western Australia

About Brad

Despite having worked in local government for only two years, Brad has improved corporate processes, developed a number of unique and innovative initiatives, fostered different practices in leadership and management, and demonstrated practicality and resourcefulness.

In 2017-2018, Brad worked on a number of unique and innovative initiatives and redesigned existing projects to be more effective and efficient. These included:

Baldja Program

A 12-month collaborative program involving over 40 organisations with the objective to improve mental health outcomes for Aboriginal youth in the community where suicide rates are high. Brad worked with WA Primary Health Alliance, advocating for funding for the alliance which became the first to be delivered by the Shire of Waroona to adopt a holistic approach and manage such a large number and variety of community organisations, sporting clubs, health service providers, government agencies and businesses.

Waroona Interagency Group

This forum for agencies delivering community services share knowledge and work collectively to address community safety and wellbeing issues. Objectives include information sharing, providing policy-makers with an informed, collective view from service providers and build capacity to better meet the needs of the Waroona community. The membership network now stands at over 70 representatives from more than 50 community organisations, sporting clubs, health service providers, government agencies and businesses.

Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

This is a forum for young people, who advise the Shire of Waroona on community issues, requirements and opinion. Membership is varied, and open to all aged between 12 and 25 years. Brad was instrumental in the review and modification of YAC, assisting the members to complete a restructure, develop a strategic plan, mission and objectives, and implement processes for the operation and management of the organisation. Waroona YAC now has an Executive Board consisting of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, with general members having identified roles such as Social Media Coordinators and Projects Coordinators. This provides an opportunity for the young people in these roles to gain experience in leadership, governance, management and accountability. The new and improved YAC have been involved in a number of projects including: Movies Under the Stars; Youth Fest; Banners on the Terrace; Youth Strategy development; and, R U OK Day.

Further information on these programs can be provided by contacting

Congratulations to the team at Sunshine Coast Council, Queensland
Greg Laverty, Paul Skillen, Gary Kelly, Phil Woods, Simon Crock, Steve Pollard, Cameron Yin, Alison Wright, Paul Gallagher, Peter Riseborough and Tina Freeman

Solar Farm – Sunshine Coast Council, Queensland

Sunshine Coast Council is the first in Australia to offset its entire electricity consumption across all its facilities and operations from the renewable energy it generates. The project will achieve a number of outstanding benefits for council and the community, including:

  • control of its electricity supply and address rising electricity costs
  • providing council facilities and operations with renewable energy, moving closer to the transition of a clean energy economy in the region
  • innovative business model releasing significant project value
  • complements the Sunshine Coast’s 40,000 solar PV rooftops (equivalent to 124MW capacity)
  • reduces carbon emissions by 25,000 tCO2e per year
  • delivers $22 million in savings (after costs) for ratepayers from Council’s lower electricity costs over the next 30 years, reducing pressure on rate rises

Further information on the Solar Farm can be found here.