Council wins regional award

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Waroona shire community development officer Brad Vitale, shire president Mike Walmsley, chief executive officer Ian Curley, Minister for Local Government David Templeman and Waroona shire councillors Laurie Snell Naomi Purcell attend the awards ceremony.
Camera IconWaroona shire community development officer Brad Vitale, shire president Mike Walmsley, chief executive officer Ian Curley, Minister for Local Government David Templeman and Waroona shire councillors Laurie Snell Naomi Purcell attend the awards ceremony.

The Waroona Shire Council has been recognised for its commitment to addressing the needs of children after being named the overall regional winner at the eighth annual Children’s Environment and Health Awards.

The council was one of several in the South West recognised at the awards which were hosted by the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA and presented by Local Government Minister David Templeman at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre in Perth on August 2.

Capel and Manjimup shire councils were joint winners in the Child Health and Development category, the same category in which the City of Busselton received a commendation.

Waroona won the regional prize after winning the Aboriginal Child Health award for its Aboriginal youth mental health initiative the Baldja Program.

“We are very humbled to have won, especially among the level of competition there was,” shire president Mike Walmsley said.

“We are so proud of our staff and of the work they have done to achieve this.

“Children are living in an increasingly sophisticated world, so it is important to be giving them all the help they can get.”

Shire chief executive officer Ian Curley said he was pleased the council had been recognised for its work through the awards.

“We’re very proud to be involved in that work, but also proud that the shire is being recognised at a State level.”

Institute director Dr Melissa Stoneham said the awards illustrated the important role local governments play in promoting positive change in Western Australian communities.

“It is fantastic to see the strong commitment from local government and councils across the State and the awards are a great opportunity to recognise and showcase the leaders in this space.”

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