Local Government Policy Awards – Children – Environment – Health

2019 Local Government Policy Awards

Children – Health – Environment

PHAIWA is excited to announce that submissions are now open for the 9th edition of the Local Government Policy Awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate Local Governments who prioritise the health and well-being of children through the implementation of innovative sustainable projects and programs supported by strong public health policy.

We have kept the submission process simple with 3 questions and provided guidance with hints and tips throughout the application.

We are using a new online platform this year, please complete your registration here:   https://phaiwalgpolicy.awardsplatform.com/. Upon registration you will create a login which can used then be used to access your application.

This link can be shared so multiple officers can register and enter categories specific to their area. This will be especially helpful for bigger Shire’s who typically enter a large number of categories, although we would still recommend someone coordinating your overall submission.

Local Governments are invited to submit in the following categories:

  • Aboriginal Child Health
  • Action on Alcohol
  • Children’s Consultation
  • Child Health and Development
  • Climate Change
  • Environments Promoting Physical Activity
  • Healthy Food
  • Planning Healthy Communities
  • Shade in Public Places -SunSmart
  • Smoke free Environments – Make Smoking History
  • Young People Making a Difference in Communities

Opening date: 11th March 2019

Closing date: 20th May 2019

Please contact PHAIWA if your Local Government would like the opportunity to be involved and acknowledged as a leader in Local Government strategy, planning and development on 9266 2489 or

lg-reportcard@curtin.edu.au

Project Overview

The Children’s Environment and Health Local Government Policy Awards originated following the Environment and Health Advocacy Forum – an event organised by  PHAIWA in March 2009. The Environment and Health Advocacy Committee was formed following the Forum and has 22 members from across Western Australia. One of the Committee’s first duties was to prioritise the advocacy consensus targets developed from the Forum. The area of children’s environment and health was allocated the highest priority. Subsequently a range of ideas focusing on how to advocate for improved children’s environment and health were canvassed and it was agreed that targeting the Local Government sector would be most suitable given that many of the settings where children congregate come under the jurisdiction of Local Government.

Why a report card?

Report Card Fact Sheet

Although report cards have not often been used to assess policy, they have proven to be effective in evaluating program quality, promoting program improvement and informing and advocating for programs in many settings including schools, urban planning and health services. This project employs the report card as an innovative advocacy tool that acts as both an effective evaluation mechanism of local government corporate strategy and an instrument to promote positive change in the local government sector.

2018

Click the image to download the 2018 Showcase 
36 Local Governments nominated in the 2018 awards (an increase of 11 from 2017) with 9 first time entrants. The awards were presented by Minister David Templeman at The Perth Convention Centre alongside the WALGA Convention before over 140 Mayors, Elected Members, Local Government Representatives and supporters.

The City of Cockburn was the  Overall winner also excelling in the Aboriginal Child Health, Road and Active Transport, Smoke free Environments and Shade in Public Places categories.

First time entrant The Shire of Waroona won the Regional Award and was also recognised in the Aboriginal Child Health, Healthy and Safe Food and Nature Play categories.

Category Shire
Aboriginal Child Health
Commendation City of Cockburn
Winner Shire of Waroona
Child Health & Development
Commendation City of Busselton
Joint Winners Shire of Manjimup
Shire of Capel
Early Literacy
Commendable Shire of East Pilbara
Winner City of Rockingham
Road and Active Transport Safety
Commendation City of Subiaco
Winner City of Cockburn
Children’s Consultation
Commendation City of Rockingham
Winner City of Albany
Healthy & Safe Food
Commendation Shire of Waroona
Winner City of Kwinana
Smoke free Environments
Commendable City of Cockburn
Winner City of Rockingham
Shade in Public Places
Commendable City of Cockburn
Winner Shire of Capel
Injury Prevention
Commendable City of Subiaco
Winner City of Mandurah
Nature Play
Commendation Shire of Waroona
Winner Shire of Merredin
Planning Healthy Communities for Children
Commendation Shire of Narrogin
Winner Shire of Kondinin
Climate Change
Commendation Shire of Collie
Winner City of Kalamunda
Environments Promoting Physical Activity
Commendation City of Albany
Winner City of Bayswater
Young People Making A Difference
Commendation City of Swan
Joint Winners Shire of Laverton
Shire of Goomalling

2017

2017 Showcase

8 Metropolitan and 17 Regional Local Governments nominated in the 2017 awards which was attended by over 80 Mayors, Elected members, Local Government representatives and supporters.

The City of Wanneroo was presented with the Best in WA award and also received top honours in the Child Health and Development, Climate Change, Healthy and Safe Food, Injury Prevention, Nature Play and Shade in Public Places categories.

The Shire of Collie was a worthy recipient of the Regional Award for the third consecutive year,  also winning the Early Literacy category and received a commendation for Planning Healthy Communities for Children.

Category Shire
Child Health & Development
Commendation East Pilbara
Winner City of Wanneroo
Road and Active Transport Safety
Commendation Town of Vic Park
Winner City of Albany
Climate Change
Commendation City of Wanneroo
Winner City of Kalamunda
Aboriginal Child Health
Commendation Shire of Laverton
Winner City of Kwinana
Children’s Consultation
Commendation Augusta Margaret River
Winner City of Kalamunda
Early Literacy
Commendation Shire of Narrogin
Winner Shire of Collie
Smoke Free Environments
Commendable City of Cockburn
Winner City of Kwinana
Healthy & Safe Food
Commendation City of Wanneroo
Winner Town of Vic Park
Environments Promoting Physical Activity
Commendation Shire of Meekatharra
Winner EMRC
Injury Prevention
Commendation City of Wanneroo
Winner City of Kwinana
Nature Play
Commendation City of Cockburn
Commendation Shire of Yalgoo
Winner City of Wanneroo
Planning Healthy Communities for Children
Commendation Shire of Collie
Winner Shire of Ashburton
Shade in Public Places
Commendation City of Wanneroo
Winner City of Cockburn
Young People Making A Difference
Commendation Shire of Capel
Winner Shire of Goomalling

2016

2016 Report Card Showcase

15 Metropolitan and 11 Regional Local Governments participated in the 6th edition of the project an increase of 6 from the previous year.

The City of Cockburn was awarded with The Best in WA also winning Climate Change, Promoting Healthy Behaviours and Shade in Public Places and receiving a commendable mention for the Children’s Consultation category.

The regional award was presented to the Shire of Collie for the second year running along with winning the Road and Active Transport and Planning Healthy Communities categories.

2015

2015 Report Card Showcase

A total of 20 Local Governments participated in the project in 2015 with 12 from regional areas.
The Best in WA was presented to The City of Armadale who also won the Aboriginal Child Health category and received commendable mentions for the Healthy and Safe Food and Smoke free Environments categories.

The Regional winner was the Shire of Collie, who were also presented with the Healthy and Safe Food category and a commendation for Children’s Consultation and Environments Promoting Physical Activity.

2014

2014 Report Card Showcase

In 2014, 22 submissions were received including 11 of those from regional Local Governments.

The City of Wanneroo was awarded the Metropolitan Best in WA, also winning the Child Friendly Planning Approaches and Healthy Eating categories and received a commendation for the Stimulating Learning Environments category.

The Regional award went to the Shire of Merredin who also won the Food Safety and Security category and received a commendation for Road and Pedestrian Safety and Healthy Eating.

2013

2013 Report Card Showcase

A total of 20 submissions were received in 2013, 13 metropolitan and 7 from regional areas. The Best in WA was awarded to the City of Cockburn with the City also announced the winner for the Childcare Design and Placement, Smoke free Environments, Prevention of Disease and Child Health and Development categories. Second place went to the City of Subiaco who won the Nature Discovery category and received commendations for Environments Supportive of Physical Activity for Children, Road and Pedestrian Safety, Food Safety and Security and Child Health and Development.

The Shire of Chapman Valley and the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup shared first place for the Best Regional Shire with Coolgardie coming in second place. The Shire of Chapman Valley was announced the winner for Stimulating Learning Environments with Donnybrook-Balingup winning the category for Outdoor Air quality.

2012

2012 Report Card Showcase

The Report Card project was re-launched in 2012 with a continued emphasis on evaluating children’s environment and health strategies at the Local Government level.
The City of Rockingham was awarded The Best in WA, also winning individual categories of Environments Supportive of Physical Activity, Housing Density/Affordability and Healthy Eating.
The Shire of Plantagenet won the regional award as well as the Nature Discovery category.

2011

2011 Report Card Showcase

The first Report Card project received 19 submissions, five of these from rural Local Governments. After a thorough evaluation process the City of Subiaco was judged the inaugural winner of the ‘Best of WA’ award, while the Shire of Dardanup took out the rural award. An awards ceremony featuring WALGA President, Mayor Troy Pickard, was held in October to acknowledge the participating Local Governments, and a showcase document was published to highlight the more innovative and effective strategies identified during the project.

Resources

WA Today Article, published October 12 2016

Driveway netball ban: New Perth suburbs not child-friendly, says commissioner