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Video blog - Cairns Regional Council – NALG national winner 2011

Video blog - Cairns Regional Council – NALG national winner 2011

Published: 7th March 2012

Blog post by: on behalf of Cairns Regional Council

The National Awards for Local Government recognise, reward and promote the innovative work of local governments across Australia. The National Awards are an important component of the Government's partnership with local government, showcasing unique local solutions to common problems. Winners of categories within the 2012 National Awards for Local Government will be announced in early April, with the National Winners to be announced in June. Cairns Regional Council won the Regional Collaborations Award in the National Awards for Local Government 2011.

The NALG Regional Collaborations Award recognises non-capital city councils that collaborate on a regional basis with other councils, Regional Development Australia committees, the community or other bodies to strengthen investment and development opportunities, share resources, build regional competitive advantage and create jobs.

Cairns Regional Council won the award with a program that rewards local ingenuity and showcases original ideas that generate regional employment. A first for Australia, the Tropical Innovation Awards have established Tropical North Queensland as a centre for tropical expertise, innovation and sustainable development.

As a major focus of the Tropical North Queensland's economic development agenda, the awards also serve as a potential catalyst for new economic activity.

The awards highlight the importance of innovation in driving key economic benefits for the region and serve to:

  • encourage and support innovation, invention and creativity
  • promote Tropical North Queensland as a world-leading innovative region
  • encourage the participation of existing and new entrepreneurs and visionaries
  • provide opportunities for practical inventions to be realised for commercial application
  • develop and drive locally grown export opportunities
  • connect award winners with government-funded business development programs, mentors and potential investors
  • assist applicants to access a range of support mechanisms to protect, develop and commercialise their products, and
  • recognise innovation as an employment generating activity.

The multi-stakeholder partnership model, which is a key element in the success of the awards, is particularly transferable to other councils.

To find out more, visit the Cairns Regional Council website.