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Our Nature's Best plan recognised among the best in Australia

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20th October 2020
We are proud to have been recognised in the national 2020 International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Australasia Core Values Awards as First Highly Commended for the category of 'Planning Project Award' for our project ‘Nature's Best, Let's Plan the Rest.’

Virtual awards still as sweet for Yankalilla

The District Council of Yankalilla are proud to have been recognised in the national 2020 International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Australasia Core Values Awards for the category of 'Planning Project Award' for their project Nature's Best, Let's Plan the Rest.

The 2020 Core Values Awards winners were announced during our Virtual Gala Awards Celebration this week with the District Council of Yankalilla being recognised as First Highly Commended for their project Nature's Best, Let's Plan The Rest.

The IAP2 Australasia Core Values Awards recognise and encourage projects and organisations that are at the forefront of public participation. The awards were created to encourage excellence, quality, and innovation in public participation.

Mayor Glen Rowlands reports that the District Council of Yankalilla team were the only finalist from a regional area and the only finalist from South Australia.

“This is our first submission and we’re thrilled to be recognised first as a finalist then runner up nationally for using our extensive, innovative tools and techniques to successfully and actively engage over ten per cent of our diverse and dispersed community in strategic planning for the future, within a modest budget” said Mayor Rowlands.

“We attribute our success to strong community buy-in through adopting an outreach approach, intensive hands-on work from everyone including myself as Mayor with our CEO, Nigel Morris, leading and owning  the process, combined with integrated use of traditional, face-to-face and online tools to achieve robust outcomes with and for our community.”

The now nationally recognised strategic plan sets out our ten-year vision and four-year focus based on what we heard from the community. The plan will be used to target grant funding and populate our Annual Business Plan and Budget.

Leading Community Engagement expert Becky Hirst who was instrumental as the external consultant engaged in Phase One of the project, spending countless hours leading, coordinating, innovating, consulting and listening to the conversations with the Community to produce the 300+ page document “What we Heard” to assist in determining the direct the Community would like to take for the next ten years said of Council’s plan “You should definitely be really proud of this entire process.”

“We’re punching above our weight, and in good company with other finalists being announced as the City of South Perth, City of Sydney & the Department of Transport (Victoria), just to name a few. The City of Sydney went on to win the overall award for which we congratulate them and aspire to our Council achieving in coming years” said Mayor Rowlands.

“Due to COVID our recognition was announced and celebrated virtually which was different but still so rewarding for our hard-working team and great community” said Mayor Rowlands.