Northern Beaches Council has won lots of awards. Here's a list of our achievements since amalgamation in May 2016.

2021 / 2022

July

NSW Government Sustainability Advantage Program

  • Northern Beaches Council - Commitment to Sustainability in our community - Silver Partnership

August

2021 Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Awards

  • Manly Scenic Walkway (co-owned with National Parks) - Top 10% of Attractions Worldwide - Winner

NSW Department of Education

  • Manly Community Preschool - recognized as exceeding the National Quality Standard under the National Quality Framework

Stormwater NSW Awards for Excellence 2021

  • Excellence in Infrastructure Awards - Manly - Safe and Beautiful Once Again - Winner
  • Excellence in Infrastructure Awards - Two birds one stone : Flood free properties and Cleaner beach at Newport - Runner-up

September

Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) Awards 2021

  • Narrabeen Children's Centre - Environmental Program Excellence - Finalist
  • Narrabeen Children's Centre - Large Metropolitan Service - Finalist
  • Narrabeen Children's Centre - Sustainability Excellence - Finalist
  • Dee Why Children's Centre - Inclusive Practices Excellence - Finalist
  • North Harbour Children's Centre - Being a Good Sport Program Excellence - Finalist

October

Australian Event Awards 2021

  • Sun Run 2021, Northern Beaches Council - Best Community Event (Virtual, Live or Hybrid) - National Finalist & State Winner
  • Taste of the Beaches, Northern Beaches Council - Best Live or Hybrid Public Event - National Finalist & State Winner

Building Designers Association of Australia (BDAA) Awards 2021

  • Currawong Cottages Refurbishment Project - Heritage Buildings Adaptive Reuse - Winner

November

Local Government Week Awards 2021

  • Youth Week Awards - Most Innovative Youth Week Program 2021 - Winner
  • Leo Kelly Arts & Culture Awards - Daryung : Collaboration between North Side Aboriginal Artists & Council - Finalist

Cities Power Partnership Climate Awards 2021

  • Renewable Energy Achievement Award - Northern Beaches Goes Renewable - Winner
  • Energy Efficiency Achievement Award - Energy Audit and Implementation - Finalist

LGNSW Excellence in the Environment Awards 2021

  • Silver Local Sustainability - Towards Net Zero Northern Beaches - Highly Commended

National Local Government Customer Service Network (NLGCSN) Awards 2021

  • 2021 Customer Service Team of the Year - Northern Beaches Council - Winner

December

National Awards for Local Government

  • Creativity and Culture Award - Library 2U - Creating vibrant and cohesive communities through the Arts - Winner

NSW Public Libraries Association

  • Innovation in Outreach Services Award - Library 2U - Highly Commended

January

Keep Australia Beautiful NSW 2021 Sustainable Cities Awards

  • Renewable Energy - Northern Beaches goes Renewable - Highly Commended
  • Circular Economy - Let's Go Swap and Go - Winner

March

NSW & ACT IPWEA Engineering Excellence Awards 2021

  • Construction Projects less than $500,000 - Richard Road, Scotland Island offshore road and drainage construction works - Winner

Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) - Early Childhood Learning Awards

  • Environmental Program Excellence - Narrabeen Children's Centre - Winner

April

2022 NSW Local Government Excellence Awards

  • Community Development - Better Together Strategy - Finalist
  • Special Project Initiative - Northern Beaches Culture Map Live - Finalist
  • Innovative Leadership - Catalyst Towards 2023 : Leadership Development and Change Program - Finalist
  • Special Project Initiative - People Central Project - Finalist
  • Assets and Infrastructure - Glen Street Open Space Masterplan Implementation - Finalist
  • Risk Management - Disclosure App - Finalist
  • Innovative Leadership - Turning complex questions into salient solutions : New Strategy and Project Management Framework - Finalist
  • Special Project Initiative - Artist Books Project - Finalist
  • People, Workplace, Wellbeing - Lit from Within - Finalist
  • Partnerships and Collaboration - Public Space Vision and Design Guidelines - Finalist
  • Environmental Leadership - Net Zero - Finalist
  • Community Partnerships - North Harbour Pre-School and Vacation Care - Finalist
  • Customer Experience - Voice of Customer - Finalist
  • Innovative Leadership - The CAT - Finalist

May

Communicator Awards 2022

  • Individual Public Service for online video - Rates Harmonisation - Excellence Award
  • Individual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for online video - Harmony Week - Excellence Award
  • Design Features/Overall Design for Print Advertising - Glen Street Theatre - Distinction Award
  • Individual Causes and Awareness online video - Explainer Narrabeen Lagoon Management - Distinction Award

 

 

2020 / 2021

August

Local Government NSW  - RH Dougherty Awards

Winner Outstanding Individual – Julie Steele

  • Winner Innovation in Special Events – Taste of Manly
  • Finalist Excellence in Communication – Swap for Good
  • Finalist Excellence in Communication – New Waste Service
  • Highly Commended Innovation in Special Events – Artist’s Book Award Project

Local Government NSW  - Planning Awards

  • Finalist Local Strategic Planning Statement

Local Government NSW  - Leo Kelly Arts & Culture Awards

  • Highly Commended Arts & Creativity Strategy

September

LG Professionals NSW - 2020 Australasian Management Challenge

  • Winner NSW Team Foamy Triple Shots
  • People's Choice Award Team Foamy Triple Shots

NSW Resilient Australia Awards

  • Highly Commended Northern Beaches Suicide Response

    October

    LGNSW Excellence in the Environment Awards

    • Highly Commended Behaviour Change in Waste – Waste Reduction Event and Video Series
    • Highly Commended Communication, Education and Empowerment – Swap for Good Business Program

    November

    NSW Department of Education Early Childhood Educator Awards

    • Excellence rating for achieving a rating of Exceeding National Quality Standard in all seven quality areas - Belrose Children’s Centre outstanding commitment to inclusion within the community

    Urban Development Institute of Australia Excellence Awards

    • Finalist Urban Renewal - Dee Why Town Centre

    The Statewide Mutual Risk Management Excellence Awards

    • Metropolitan Regional Winner Council's Disclosure Management System 

    NSW Youth Work Awards 2020

    • Inducted into the 2020 Youth Work Hall of Fame - Justin Burke
    • Finalist Outstanding Youth Participation - Youth Services Team
    • Finalist Outstanding Partnership - Wellbeing Program

    Greater Sydney Commission Planning Awards

    • Winner Community Collaboration Award - Local Strategic Planning Statement - Towards 2040
    • Winner Community Collaboration Award - Arts and Creativity Strategy - Connected through Creativity 2029

    International Association for Public Participation Australasia (IAP2)

    • Highly Commended Core Values Awards - Protect.Create.Live - Northern Beaches Environment & Climate Change Strategy 2040

    Sustainable Cities Awards - Keep Australia Beautiful

    • Winner Overall Sustainable City
    • Winner Response to Climate Change - Protect.Create.Live - Northern Beaches Environment & Climate Change Strategy 2040
    • Winner Recycled Organics Award - Closed Loop Organic Recycling Program
    • Winner Environmental Communications - Swap for Good campaign
    • Winner Coastal & Waterways Protection - Reducing Litter in the Dee Why Lagoon Catchment, Solution for the Future
    • Highly Commended Litter Action - Don't be a Tosser / What a load of Rubbish
    • Highly Commended Coastal & Waterways Protection - Operation Straw

    Planning Institute of Australia

    • Commendation Award From Plan to Place - Dee Why Town Centre Urban Renewal

    December

    LG Professionals - Australasian Management Challenge

    • Runner-up National - Team Foamy Triple Shots
    • Winner Risk and Live Challenge sections - Team Foamy Triple Shots

    LG Professionals - 2020 National Federation Awards for Local Government

    • Highly Commended Progressive Community Leadership - Northern Beaches Suicide Response
    • Finalist Environmental Leadership & Sustainability - Swap for Good Program

    Sustainability Matters - 2020 Smart Cities Awards

    • Winner Future of Place - lead by Lake Macquarie City Council and partnered with UTS

    March

    NSW Department of Education

    • Roundhouse and Harbour View Children's Centres - recognized as exceeding the National Quality Standard under the National Quality Framework

    April

    Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) - 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards

    • Highly Commended Projects less than $500,000 (Design and Construction of a Local Government/Public Works Project) - Little Manly Tidal Pool Renewal

    HVTC Excellence Awards 2020

    • Winner Large Host Employer of the Year (sponsored by CBA) - Northern Beaches Council

    May

    2021 Communicator Awards (international)

    • Excellence Award Graphic Design (General Government for Brochure) - Community Arts Strategy - Connect Through Creativity 2029
    • Excellence Award Graphic Design (Design Features - Overall Design for Corporate Communication) - Local Strategic Planning Statement (Towards 2040)
    • Excellence Award Graphic Design (Design Features - Overall Design for Marketing/Promotion) - What a Load of Rubbish
    • Distinction Award Graphic Design (Collateral - Causes & Awareness for Marketing/Promotion) - What a Load of Rubbish
    • Distinction Award Graphic Design (Annual Report - General Government for Corporate Communication) - Local Strategic Planning Statement (Towards 2040)
    • Excellence Award Communications - Digital (Social video - video series) - Business Unites Campaign
    • Excellence Award Communications - Digital (Social video - video series) -Amenities Upgrades Nolan Reserve, Balgowlah Oval and Lionel Watts
    • Distinction Award Communications (Content & Marketing Crisis Communications) - COVID-19 Local Response
    • Distinction Award Communications (Social Video - Educational & Instructional) - Be the Best Version of You : Avoid, Reuse and Recycle

    June

    2021 Local Government Excellence Awards

    • Winner - Community Development - Housing & Homelessness Project
    • Winner - Customer Experience - Library 2U Project
    • Highly Commended - Asset & Infrastructure - Narrabeen Lagoon Boardwalk
    • Highly Commended - Disaster Recovery/Emergency Response Management - Manly Beach (Marine Parade) Wave Overtopping Early Warning System & Response
    • Finalist Connected Communities & Regions - History Hub
    • Finalist Disaster Recovery/Emergency Response Management - COVID-19 Pandemic Plan & Emergency Response Framework
    • Finalist Organisational Change - IGNITE-ing Business Excellence at Northern Beaches Council
    • Finalist People, Workplace, Wellbeing - The Making a Difference Program
    • Finalist Special Project Initiative - Engagement from Anywhere - the Library App

    LG Professionals NSW - 2021 Australasian Management Challenge

    • Highly Commended - Australasian Management Challenge 2021 - Flamin' Galahs

    2021 Parks & Leisure Australia Awards

    • Highly Commended - Park of the Year - Lionel Watts/Frenchs Forest Showground

    2019 / 2020

    Cities Power Partnership

    • Finalist Climate Change Champion Award - programs in environmental sustainability
    • Finalist Sustainable Transport Achievement – Move Northern Beaches Transport Strategy

    Government Contact Centre Awards

    • Runner-up Best in Class Contact Centre (under 30 seats)

    NSW Department Communities and Justice

    • Highly Commended  Youth Week Award – Northern Beaches Youth Programs

    National Local Government Customer Service Network

    • Highly Commended Innovation in Customer Experience in Service Delivery

    Australian Street Art Awards

    • Winner Best Utility Art (N) – Sunset Dreaming mural in Manly Corso

    Australian Childcare Alliance NSW

    • Winner Excellence in Early Childhood Education Awards - Educational Program Excellence - Narrabeen Children’s Centre

    2020 Local Government Excellence Awards

    • Winner Community Partnerships and Collaboration: population over 200,000 – Northern Beaches Suicide Response
    • Winner Environmental leadership and sustainability: population over 200,000 – Swap for Good Business Program
    • Finalist Asset Management and Infrastructure Initiatives: projects over $1.5 million – Dee Why Town Centre Urban Renewal
    • Finalist Community development and services: population over 200,000 – Big Ideas Forum
    • Finalist Creative communities – Connected through creativity 2029
    • Finalist Environmental leadership and sustainability: population over 200,000 - Protect.Create.Live - Northern Beaches Environment and Climate Change Strategy 2040
    • Finalist Excellence in people and culture: population over 60,000 – Inspire, Connect, Belong and Share
    • Finalist Innovative leadership and management: population over 100,000 – One Recruitment Project
    • Finalist Risk management – Northern Beaches Council Incident and Emergency Management Program
    • Finalist Service delivery initiative: population over 60,000 - Digi-Stronger - Northern Beaches Library Service Digital Literacy Initiatives
    • Finalist Special project initiative: population over 100,000 - Northern Beaches Local Strategic Planning Statement - Towards 2040

    LG National Federation Awards 2020

    • Highly Commended Community Partnerships and Collaboration: population over 200,000 – Northern Beaches Suicide Response

    Genesys 2020 Customer Innovation Awards

    • Finalist CX Accelerator: Best implementation — Time to achieve value Small Contact Centre

    Mental Health Commission of New South Wales

    • Best Practice Response - Northern Beaches Suicide Response

    2018 / 2019

    Greater Sydney Commission Planning Awards

    • Special commendation Community Collaboration Award - Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan, Frenchs Forest

    NSW Local Government Excellence Awards, LG Professionals

    • Winner Community Partnerships and Collaboration - PCYC Project, Dee Why

    Local Government NSW - RH Dougherty Awards

    • Joint Winner Division C Excellence in Communication – Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan
    • Special Commendation Division C Excellence in Communication – Northern Beaches Brand Roll Out

    Local Government NSW - Excellence in the Environment Awards

    • Winner Division C - Innovation in Planning, Policies and Decision Making - Protecting public assets at Collaroy-Narrabeen Beach
    • Winner Overall Category - Innovation in Planning, Policies and Decision Making - Protecting public assets at Collaroy-Narrabeen Beach
    • Highly Commended Division C - Climate Change Action - Building resilience into infrastructure assets project

    Master Painters Australia

    • Winner - Excellence in Heritage and Restoration over $20,000 - Tram Restoration, Narrabeen

    National Local Government Customer Service Network Awards

    • Winner Customer Service Strategy
    • Highly Commended Customer Experience Excellence
    • Finalist Customer Service Team of the Year Award

    Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (International)

    • Winner Silver Communicator Award - Cause Marketing for Integrated Campaign - Swap This For That video
    • Winner Gold Communicator Award - Public service - Swap This For That video
    • Winner Silver Communicator Award - Education - Northern Beaches News: Live at Nippers Carnival videos (Nippers take on SUP)

    REBRAND 100 Global awards

    • Winner for Council’s new identity developed with the community

    Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts - International Communicator Awards

    • 2018 Gold award of excellence - Social Media video category
    • 2018 Silver award of distinction - Branded content category

    Keep Australia Beautiful - Sustainable Cities Awards

    • Joint winner with co-author Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia - Response to Climate Change Award - Industry Guide on Climate Change Impacts on the Useful Life of Infrastructure Assets
    • Winner Environmental Communications Award - Swap This For That campaign to reduce plastics use
    • Finalist Overall Sustainable Cities Award

    Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia

    • Joint winner with partner councils of northern Sydney - Local Government Excellence in Road Safety - Road Safety calendar

    Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (NSW)

    • Winner Special Transport Integration Hub Award - Church Point car park and seawall project
    • Winner Special Heritage Award - Refurbishment of Heritage Sydney Tram (Narrabeen Tramshed) - restoration done by The Forest Men's Shed

    Local Government Professionals Australia NSW

    • Winner NSW - Australasian Management Challenge - Team 'Smells Like Team Spirit'

    Local Government Professionals Australia NSW - Excellence Awards

    • Finalist Asset Management and Infrastructure initiatives - Church Point Precinct Upgrades
    • Finalist Community Development and Services - Innovation in Structure - Community Librarian
    • Finalist Community Development and Services - Nourishing Little Scientists and Engineers
    • Finalist Community Development and Services - Supporting Reconciliation Across our Education and Care Services
    • Finalist Community Partnerships and Collaboration - Tiny Doors
    • Finalist Creative Communities - Creative Made
    • Winner Creative Communities - Tiny Doors
    • Highly Commended Excellence in People and Culture - Innovation in Structure - Community Librarian
    • Highly Commended Service Delivery Initiative - Three into one does go: Migrating from three to one Library Management Systems
    • Finalist Environmental Leadership and Sustainability - Swap This For That - say no to single use plastics

    2017 / 2018

    Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts - International Communicator Awards

    • Gold Award of Excellence - Government category 
    • Silver Award of Distinction - Community category

    Master Builders Association Excellence in Construction Awards

    • Winner Sporting Facility category - Manly Andrew Boy Charlton Aquatic Centre 

    Resilient Australia Awards

    • Winner NSW Government category – Climate Wise Communities Extension Project (joint project with 5 other councils) 

    National Local Government Customer Service Network - October

    • Winner Customer Service Strategy Award
    • Highly Commended Customer Experience Excellence Award
    • Finalist Customer Service Team of the Year Award

    LG Professionals Australia - NSW Local Government Excellence awards

    • Winner Col Mills Scholarship for promising young professionals – Russell Peake, Project Manager

    The Australian Early Education and Care Awards

    • Finalists Early Childhood Educator of the Year, NSW - Celia Ralph (Narrabeen) and Stephanie Davison (Manly)

    Aquatic and Recreation Institute

    • Winner ARI Orimatech “Award of Excellence” for commitment to the Aquatic Industry - Les Watt