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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

7 September 2006 MOYNE SHIRE ATTRACTS NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, has congratulated Moyne Shire Council on being recognised for promoting strong and resilient communities in the National Awards for Local Government (NALG).

Moyne Shire Council took out the rural council category award for ‘Strong and Resilient Communities’, as recognition for their hard work in bringing the Hawkesdale community together to realise the dream of the Hawkesdale & District Family Services Centre.

“The NALG is a Commonwealth Government initiative to foster and acknowledge innovation, excellence and continuous improvement in the Local Government sector,” Mr Hawker said.

“This year marks the 20th anniversary of the commencement of the National Awards, and I am delighted that Moyne Shire Council has used this milestone as an opportunity to showcase their achievements”.

“The Awards this year attracted well over 200 entries, and for Moyne to take out a category win is an outstanding achievement and demonstrates their commitment and energy in bringing about strong outcomes for local communities,” he said.

Mr Hawker said that the National Awards also provide the opportunity for individual Councils to share their knowledge and experiences with their colleagues throughout Australia, further encouraging the capacity building efforts of Local Government.

This year the Awards featured eighteen categories across four broad areas of Local Government business.

Within these categories 57 entries were identified as representing outstanding achievements in Local Government, including 18 category winners, 8 from a rural or small Council and 31 Commendations.

The Category winners will present to the National Judging Panel, chaired by Mrs Kathryn Greiner AO, in Canberra in September.

National Winners will be announced at a prestigious dinner to be held in Canberra on 27 November 2006.

More information about the Awards and the complete list of Category Winners can be found on the DOTARS website http://www.dotars.gov.au/localgovt or by calling the Awards Team on 1800 065 113.

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