Kempsey takes out State award for Macleay Valley Food Bowl Agribusiness Project.

The recent 2016 NSW Local Government Week Awards saw Kempsey Shire Council’s Macleay Valley Food Bowl Agribusiness Project, take out the state award for Excellence in Communication.

The project is managed by Council’s Economic Sustainability Unit, which took out the same RH Dougherty Award (Excellence in Communication in a population less than 30,000) for its Discover Something New Destination Marketing Campaign in 2014.

The annual awards, established in 1981, are named after former Local Government Association President, Robert Henry (Bob) Dougherty. Managed by Local Government NSW and judged by leading experts in the communications field, the awards aim to recognise and encourage greater understanding and communication by councils in their local communities.

Cr Dougherty’s vision was for local government ‘to develop real means of communication between councils and their ratepayers’.

In making the presentation to Kempsey Shire Council, the judges’ comments noted the project’s communication campaign excelled in many respects.

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