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Maroondah City Council is proud to be recognised for our commitment to leadership and service excellence.
Here are some of our recont honours:
Bank of Melbourne 'Local Project' competition
Stroke-a-Chord Choir - Winner
A groundswell of community support helped Maroondah’s Stroke-a-Chord Choir win $10,000 in the Bank of Melbourne’s The Local Project competition.
The competition, held in conjunction with the Herald Sun, offered cash grants of $10,000 to 10 worthy projects across Victoria.
The $10,000 funding means that the Choir can now go ahead with the production of a documentary to educate the community about stroke, aphasia and the benefits of music therapy.
Ambulance Victoria Bystander Commendation
Croydon Leisure and Aquatic Centre
Ambulance Victoria recently presented three Croydon Leisure and Aquatic Centre staff members, Jess Adkins-Barber, Simon McCoy and Adam Sledge with Bystander Commendations for saving a man’s life back in September 2011.
After the patron had collapsed, staff members performed CPR and utilised the defibrillator as there was no sign of breathing. The man eventually regained a heart rhythm and was transported to hospital.
Intensive care paramedic Edda Courtney said that without the early CPR the man’s outcome may have been very different.
2012 LGPro Awards
Special Projects Initiative - Winner
The Stroke-a-Chord Choir is made up members with aphasia, who cannot speak following a stroke, but can still sing.
The leadership of Maroondah City Council’s MetroAccess Officer, Jack Mulholland, and the support of many partners, has seen the establishment of this innovative community development project.
The project, built on partnerships, is making a huge difference in the lives of people who have experienced stroke.
Pic: (L-R) Metro Access Officer, Jack Mulholland with his LGPro award and finalist, Open Space Coordinator, Cormac McCarthy
Glen Park Playspace
Community Assets and Infrastructure Initiative under $1 million - Finalist
The Bayswater North area has been identified as having a lack of facilities for the community to enjoy and participate in social and leisure activities along with a low socio-economic demographic. The suburb is unusual in that it consists of a very high level of multi-unit dwellings and is surrounded by industrial and commercial sites.
It was important from the beginning that the Glen Park Playspace be accessible for all ages and abilities. A wide range of equipment and experiences, including tactile and auditory elements that engage all the senses, were incorporated to meet this objective, with a significant proportion accessible by wheelchair.
2012 Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Leadership in the Public Sector Awards
Risk Management Improvement Action Plan
Risk Award - Finalist
The IPAA Victoria Leadership in the Public Sector Awards celebrates the achievements of teams and individuals whose commitment, leadership and creativity have driven improvements to public policy and service delivery, as well as risk management.
The work of Council's Risk Management team in developing the Risk Management Improvement Action Plan was also recognised by receiving an audit score of 91% - 11% higher than the State average - in the 2008/10 Victorian Civic Mutual Plus Risk Management Audit.
Pic: (L-R) Council's Risk Management Officer, John Carroll and Team Leader, Risk Management, Vicki Miller with their Finalist Award at Parliament House
2011 Parks & Leisure Australia Awards
Glen Park Future Directions Plan
Award for Open Space Development & Award for Parks - Finalist
Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) is the leading professional association that represents parks and leisure professionals in Australia.
The PLA Awards of Excellence were established to encourage professional development and highlight the very high standard and range of best practice and innovation in the industry.
In 2007, Council commenced the development of the Future Directions Plan for Glen Park, Bayswater North.
The Glen Park Future Directions Plan was adopted in June 2008 and has seen a dramatic transformation in the quality and range of facilities, community interaction, activity and partnership at Glen Park Reserve. The park has gone from a basic sports oval and Community House to a thriving destination that attracts users and visitors daily to the many opportunities on offer.
GlaxoSmithKline $20,000 grant
Council's Immunisation team was awarded a $20,000 grant from vaccine supplier GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to set up a whooping cough immunisation program targeting childcare workers in Maroondah.
The team was chosen from a record breaking pool of over 60 applicants Australia-wide.
The funding will allow the team to improve the awareness of, access to and implementation of, adult whooping cough immunisations.
Pic: (L-R): Council’s immunisation team with their grant certificate (L-R): Administration Officer, Isobel Valotto, Immunisation Coordinator, Lisa Sparkes, Immunisation Administration Officer, Kerri Hack, and Team Leader Public Health Corinne Bowen
2011 Municipal Emergency Management Plan audit conducted by the State Emergency Services
Maroondah City Council Municipal Emergency Management Plan - Audit score of 91%
This unprecedented achievement reflected the dedication and hard work put into the development of the Municipal Emergency Management Plan.
Over the past few years VICSES has been working with the Municipal Association of Victoria, individual Councils and other stakeholders including Victoria Police, Department of Human Services and other emergency service organisations to continuously improve emergency management planning.
2011 Eco-Buy Awards in the Excellence in Green Purchasing – Policy, Strategy and Communications
Maroondah City Council's Sustainable Purchasing Policy and ECO-Buy Action Plan - Finalists
Council's Sustainable Purchasing Policy and ECO-Buy Action Plan scored 21 out of 25 in this section.
The award recognised the policy's strong links to other Council documents and commended the implementation of actions across the organisation.
Pic: (L-R) CEO, Frank Dixon; and Environment Planner, Viv Fraser, are presented with Council's award by ECO-Buy Local Government Program Manager, Kay Yates
2011 LGPro Sally Isaac Women in Local Government Leadership Award
Team Leader Health, Corinne Bowen - Finalist
This award fosters and encourages future leaders in the Local Government sector who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and capacity.
Corinne was nominated for her leadership skills and ability to encourage her team to identify goals and achieve objectives in an open, inclusive and friendly environment.
2011 SACS Awards
Team Leader Youth Services, Adam Cooper Local Government Non-Executive - Finalist
Manager Revenue Property and Customer Service, Dale Muir
Leadership in Local Government Executive - Finalist
The awards recognise outstanding leadership initiatives in the State Government, Local Government and Not-for-Profit sectors that make a positive contribution to an organisation’s efficiency and effectiveness.
Adam Cooper was nominated in recognition of his leadership skills and his team’s effort to deliver high quality services to the almost 20,000 young people living in Maroondah.
Dale was nominated in recognition of his exemplary leadership of three of Council’s most critical front line teams – Customer Service, Rates and Property & Valuations. His commitment to best practice in processes, systems and staff has yielded unprecedented benefits for the community.
Pic: (L-R) SACS awards finalists Dale Muir and Adam Cooper
2011 Waste Wise awards
Maroondah City Council - Silver accreditation
The Metropolitan Waste Management Group awarded Maroondah City Council a silver Waste Wise accreditation to recognise its reductions in waste, thoroughness of reporting and commitment to continuous improvement in its Waste Wise Action Plan 2011-13.
The silver accreditation is awarded to councils implementing systems that have strong environmental practices and can show commitment to continuous improvement.
Pic: (L-R) Environmental Planners Nelly Belperio and Viv Fraser presented with the Waste Wise award by CEO Metropolitan Waste Management Group, Rob Millard