Swan Hill Rural City Council staff took out three gongs at last week’s LGPro Awards for Excellence.
The annual awards recognise successful projects and individual achievements of people working in Local
Government across Victoria.
The team that completed the George Lay Park redevelopment won the award for Community Assets and
Infrastructure ($1.5 million and under). The Youth Leading the Mallee project took out the award for
Sustainability Initiative, while Council’s Senior Environment Officer Erin Raggatt won the LGPro Young
Swan Hill Rural City Council Chief Executive Officer Dean Miller said the awards were just recognition for
the Council staff involved.
“There were nine awards presented on the night, so to win three was an outstanding achievement,” Mr
“George Lay Park was a tremendous project that was really driven by our community development and
works teams, while our youth and environment teams were responsible for the Youth Leading the Mallee
partnership,” he said.
“Both of these projects have had a tremendous level of community involvement, so these awards are also
proof that when Council and the community work together, we can achieve great things.”
Mr Miller said Council was proud of Ms Raggatt’s award for Young Achiever.
“In addition to all the responsibilities that come with being the Senior Environmental Officer, she works
tirelessly with young people from around the municipality to build their environmental awareness and get
them involved in our community,” he said.
Community Assets and Infrastructure ($1.5 million and under) – George Lay Park
The park on the corner of Pye and Murlong streets was transformed after an enormous community effort.
Swan Hill College VCAL students worked with Council to consult local people, form a redevelopment plan
and then oversee the plan’s implementation, with funding from both State Government and Council.
Sustainability Initiative – Youth Leading the Mallee
Council has partnered with local young people and environmental education organisation OzGREEN to
deliver the annual three-day Youth Leading the World Congress in Swan Hill, as well as many of the
action plan projects that have arisen from those congresses.
Young Achiever Award – Senior Environment Officer Erin Raggatt
At just 26, Erin Raggatt has driven a number of activities for young people on top of her responsibilities as
Senior Environment Officer. In addition to the Youth Leading the World Congress, she has been heavily
involved with Sustainable Living in the Mallee (SLiM), and regularly partners with schools to deliver
activities and community events.