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Yarra Council recognised in three prestigious awards

20 September 2016

Yarra Council’s extraordinary work with the community has being recognised in a number of prestigious award ceremonies over the last week. 

Resilient Australia Awards 

Yarra today was named the Victorian winner of the 2016 Resilient Australia Award, recognising innovation in emergency management and community safety. 

Yarra won the award for its innovative ‘Keep it Cool’ program aimed at increasing awareness of heatwave risks in local migrant communities living in social and public housing.

The program was a key part of Yarra’s Heatwave Safety Campaign 2015–2016.

Council partnered with 25 agencies and community groups to deliver ‘Keep it Cool’ which involved a major media campaign along with public information, promotional materials and community information sessions to educate and raise awareness of the heatwave message.

Yarra now progresses to the national Resilient Australia Awards to be announced soon.

SACS Leadership Award

In a second major win, Yarra staff were recognised at the prestigious SACS Leadership Awards presented in Melbourne last week.

Lucy Saaroni, Yarra’s Emergency and Risk Management Senior Advisor won the local government non-executive category award recognising the skill, creativity and passion she brings to her work and her transformation of Yarra’s emergency management culture and practice.

Lucy was also instrumental in the Resilient Australia award winning ‘Keep it Cool’ program.

Two other senior staff were recognised at the SACS Awards as finalists in the executive category.

Both the executive and non- executive categories were won by Yarra Council employees last year too!

Workplace Excellence Awards. 

In a third award ceremony, Yarra was a finalist in the Organisational Design category at the APS Workplace Excellence Awards. Yarra was recognised for its innovative and responsible approach to organisational change and development.






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