Member for Page Janelle Saffin and Minister for Local Government Anthony Albanese today congratulated Clarence Valley Council on winning awards in two categories of the prestigious 2008 National Awards for Local Government, and receiving a commendation in a third category.

Clarence Valley won awards in the following two categories:

  • Natural Resource Management – The award was for their project, titled, ‘The Clarence Floodplain Project – Reviving Floodplain Watercourses and Wetlands’, which ‘revives’ floodplain watercourses and wetlands suffering blockage of their natural creek systems; and
  • Youth Engagement – The award was for their project, titled, ‘Clarence Valley Youth Summer Events Program’, which is designed by young people for young people to provide low-cost or no-cost activities and events over the summer school holiday period.

In addition the council received a commendation in a third category of the Awards:

  • Innovation in Regional Development – The commendtaion was for their project, titled, ‘Clarence Edge’.  This project’s economic development plan is reshaping the region by creating partnerships, innovative thinking and building capacity in local business sectors.

Ms Saffin said: “I congratulate Mayor Ian Tiley on this fantastic achievement.

“Out of only 13 categories, Clarence Valley Council has taken not one, but two prestigious awards and received a commendation in a third category.

“It’s particularly exciting to see a local council leading the country in areas of such vital importance as natural resource management and engaging our young people.

“These awards acknowledge the excellent work being done by the council for our local community and showcases its achievements to councils across Australia.”

The National Awards for Local Government web site is found at

PICTURE: Clarence Valley wetlands, courtesy of Clarence Valley Council.