Local Government Partnership Awards 2010

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Cancer Council NSW  recognised six councils for leading the charge towards healthy local living and reducing the impact of cancer in their communities at the Local Government Week Awards evening held in Sydney on 4 August, 2010.

The Local Government Partnership Awards for 2010 were presented to the most outstanding Shires Association member council and the most outstanding Local Government Association member council. Additionally, four councils were highly commended for their efforts fostering healthy local living.

THE WINNERS ARE…

Bogan Shire Council
Partnership Award – Shires Association category

Randwick City Council
Partnership Award – Local Government Association category.

The following councils were highly commended:

Wagga Wagga City Council
Fairfield City Council
Sutherland Shire Council
Gosford City Council

The Cancer Council Local Government Partnership Awards recognise that councils are much more than roads, rates, and rubbish. Rather, they are the backbone of Australia, playing an essential role in driving healthy local living across the land.

Through policy, planning and listening to the needs of local people, councils can, and are, helping to reduce the impacts of cancer and other life threatening diseases.

Why is this important? Because every day in NSW, almost 100 people hear the words ‘you have cancer’ and more than 13,000 families lose a loved one to the disease. However, the good news is that about 30 per cent of cancers can be prevented through living healthier lifestyles. Also, people’s ability to cope with cancer and their recovery can be vastly improved when problems of accessing health services are overcome.

Local councils are influencing the environments and infrastructure that affects exposure to cancer risk and the impact of a cancer diagnosis. This can be achieved through things like improving transport links, access to recreation, adopting healthy policies, providing safer playgrounds and public spaces, and through workplace health and wellbeing programs.

Cancer Council NSW would like to thank all councils for their ongoing partnerships and commitment to reducing the risk of cancer through fostering healthy communities.

Bogan Shire Council
Bogan Shire Council won the Cancer Council’s Local Government Partnership Award 2010 in recognition of its localised responses to cancer support in the community. The Council developed a range of cancer information resources tailored to its region, coordinates a cancer support group for patients, survivors and carers in the area, and also supports the inter-agency Bogan Cancer Network.
Photo L to R: Nella Powell, Regional Manager – Western Region, Cancer Council NSW | Cr Ray Donald, Mayor, Bogan Shire Council | Dr Andrew Penman AM, CEO, Cancer Council NSW
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Randwick City Council
Randwick City Council was awarded the Cancer Council Local Government Partnership Award 2010 for its outstanding  efforts to reduce the impact of cancer in the community. The Council has implemented a comprehensive range of healthy workplace programs and community initiatives on sun protection, alcohol and physical activity. It also plays a big part in supporting Cancer Council fundraisers such as Relay For Life.
Photo L to R: Cr John Procopiadis, Mayor, Randwick City Council | Marion Carroll, Regional Programs Coordinator – Central & Southern Sydney, Cancer Council NSW | Dr Andrew Penman AM, CEO, Cancer Council NSW
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Wagga Wagga City Council
Wagga Wagga City Council  was highly commended for its strong partnership with Cancer Council, supporting fundraising  and cancer support initiatives, and introducing smoke-free outdoor areas throughout the city.
Photo L to R: Murray Smith, Recreation Officer, Wagga Wagga City Council | Dr Andrew Penman AM, CEO, Cancer Council Australia
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Fairfield City Council

Fairfield City Council was highly commended for its proactive partnership with Cancer
Council and its innovative community initiatives in smoking prevention, physical activity, and nutrition. Particularly, the Council was recognised for its involvement in Cancer Council’s B-Positive project, which aims to tackle hepatitis B and prevent the disease from developing into liver cancer. The Council also plays a major role in Cancer Council community fundraising events such as Daffodil Day and Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.
Photo L to R: Angela Van Dyke, Community Project Officer, Fairfield City Council | Dr Andrew Penman AM, CEO, Cancer Council NSW
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Sutherland Shire
Sutherland Shire Council was highly commended for trialling a world-first skin cancer prevention campaign, in partnership with Cancer Council. Launched last summer, SunSmart Community Spaces involved a range of youth-targeted initiatives including the Sun Sound jingle being played on loud speakers at beaches, reminding people to use sun protection.
Photo L to R: Brad Whittaker, Manager – Beaches, Sutherland Shire City Council | Cr Lorraine Kelly, Mayor, Sutherland Shire City Council | Dr Andrew Penman AM, CEO, Cancer Council NSW
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Gosford City Council
Gosford City Council was highly commended for trialling a world-first skin cancer prevention campaign, in partnership with Cancer Council. Launched last summer, SunSmart Community Spaces project involved a range of youth-targeted initiatives including the launch of the Sun Sound jingle which was played on loud speakers at beaches, reminding people to protect use sun protection.
Photo L to R: Fiona Morrison, Acting Manager Community Development, Gosford City Council | Dr Andrew Penman AM, CEO, Cancer Council NSW
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