Collie Shire Council wins back-to-back awards

Chloerissa EadieSouth Western Times
Collie Shire Council chief executive officer David Blurton, corporate services director Allison Fergie, community development officer Julie Pelliciari and Commissioner for Children and Young People Colin Pettit show off their award at the West Australian Local Government Children’s Environment and Health Awards where the council was announced as overall Best in WA, Regional Local Government for 2016.
Camera IconCollie Shire Council chief executive officer David Blurton, corporate services director Allison Fergie, community development officer Julie Pelliciari and Commissioner for Children and Young People Colin Pettit show off their award at the West Australian Local Government Children’s Environment and Health Awards where the council was announced as overall Best in WA, Regional Local Government for 2016.

Collie has been crowned the best regional local government in the State for protecting and supporting the health of children in the town through the council’s programs, services and infrastructure.

For the second year in a row, the Collie Shire Council was announced the overall Best in WA, Regional Local Government at the West Australian Local Government Children’s Environment and Health Awards.

Council chief executive officer David Blurton said winning the prestigious award for a second time provided evidence that the programs, services and infrastructure available within the shire were some of the best in Western Australia.

“The award offers confidence that the direction taken by councillors and staff ensures our youth are able to learn and develop in stimulating environments,” Mr Blurton said.

“The council partners with a range of organisations and community groups to provide various programs within the shire.

“The programs offered include transition to work and work inspiration for the older youth, the development of a Youth Advisory Committee to offer a conduit for youth ideas and concerns to be taken directly to council.”

He said education at schools about the importance of recycling rubbish, healthy eating and food preparation, along with stimulating outdoor leisure areas encouraged young people to grow.

The council was also announced as the winner for the Planning Healthy Communities for Children and Road and Active Transport Safety categories.

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA director Dr Melissa Stoneham said the award showcased how local governments could improve children’s environments and health within communities.

She said there were 26 local governments recognised across 15 categories including promoting physical activity and safe food practice.

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