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City of Whittlesea, in collaboration with Mitchell Shire Council and Hume City Council, were named finalists and winners in a series of industry awards recently. 

The neighbouring councils took home a National Award at the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) Awards, specifically the Leadership in Growth Areas Award for working in collaborations towards planning the Cloverton Metropolitan Activity centre.

The partnership included Victoria’s first joint council meeting. 

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In the same awards, City of Whittlesea took home another two awards, including the Built Environment Award for the Affordable Housing Project in New Epping in partnership with Riverlee and Haven Home Safe, and the Building Connections Award for council’s Economic Participation Plan 2023-2026. 

City of Whittlesea was also recognised for working in partnership with First Peoples with a 2024 Maggolee Award for the Quarry Hills Future Directions Plan and won a coveted Gold award at the Australasian Reporting Awards for its 2022-23 Annual Report.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council also won a Bronze award at the same awards.

At the recent Parks and Leisure Australia (VIC/TAS) awards, City of Whittlesea, Mitchell Shire Council, and Hume City Council won the Strategic and Master Planning category for their partnership on the Cloverton Regional Community and Recreation Needs Assessment. 

The assessment is an important piece of work in the planning for the new Cloverton Metropolitan Activity Centre to be established in Kalkallo.

The historical joint council meeting was also a finalist in the Community Based Initiative of the Year Award, with City of Whittlesea also a finalist in the Playspace Award (>$500,000) category for the Redleap Recreation Reserve Playspace. 

The City of Whittlesea was named a finalist in four categories in the recent Local Government Professionals Awards for Excellence including the Innovative Management Initiative, Service Delivery Initiative, Young Achiever, Community & Integrated Planning Award.

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