Council continues to be recognised as a leader in a range of fields. Many of our people, programs, services, initiatives, plans and facilities have won awards.

Some we're particularly proud of include:

Community engagement

Council was a finalist in the Organisation of the Year category of the International Association in Public Participation (IAP2) annual awards and Highly Commended for our community engagement efforts.

Wearing the Crown Project won the Youth Engagement Award at 2014 Local Government Arts and Cultural Awards.

Environment, sustainability and waste minimisation


Council was recognised in 2 categories of the Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Awards. The Jordan Springs Community Hub won the Sustainable Infrastructure category, and the Climate Adapted People Shelter in Kingswood was Highly Commended in the Climate Change Action category. 

Cooling the City Strategy - winner in the Great Sustainability Initiative Category at the Greater Sydney Commission Planning Awards

Waste Management Association of Australia – Young Professional Scholarship won by our Senior Waste Planning Officer 

2014 - Keep NSW Beautiful Sustainable Cities Awards, 'Green Bin Bloke' community engagement and education initiative won the 2014 Waste Minimisation Award

2012 - National Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities Awards in the categories of 'Young Legends' and 'Resource Recovery and Waste Management'

NSW Sustainable City of the Year Award

Environmental Health


In August 2018 Council was announced a winner for the Mountain Reserve Project at the 2018 Stormwater NSW Awards for Excellence in the ‘Integrated Stormwater Design’ category. In October 2018 this project was announced the winner in the ‘Coastal and Waterways Protection Award’ category at the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW 2018 Sustainable Cities Awards event.

Thanks to the stormwater treatment works undertaken, this Project has significantly improved the quality of water flowing into Penrith Lakes and ultimately the Nepean River. It has also greatly enhanced and improved the habitat at the reserve for a variety of native fauna.


Council’s Environmental Health team received 3 prestigious awards at the Environmental Health Australia (NSW) Annual Strence and Food Regulation Partnership Workshop at Penrith Panthers in September.

  • Team Leader Michael Middleton received the President's Award from Environmental Health Australia (NSW).
  • Environmental Health Officer Mitchell Nobbs was recognised as Student Professional of the Year.
  • The team was also awarded a Food Surveillance Champion Award from the NSW Food Authority.


Council was awarded the NSW Environmental Health Team of the Year at the 2016 Environmental Health Excellence Awards.

Amy Schembri was awarded the NSW Environmental Health Student Professional of the Year for 2016.


2017 - Penrith Health Action Plan – Highly Commended in the Community Partnerships and Collaboration category at the NSW Local Government Professionals Awards. 


Council was awarded the Australian Library & Information Association NSW Public Libraries Marketing Award 2014 for our summer membership drive which signed up 2,045 new members.

Highly Commended in the Planning Institute of Australia's Great Place Award category for the Penrith Triangle ('Pop Up') Park 


2018 - The Quarter (Penrith Health and Education Precinct) – Planning in Jobs and Skills category – Winner at the Greater Sydney Commission Planning Awards. 

2016 - Council’s Night Time Economy Strategy was commended at the 2016 Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) NSW Awards for Planning Excellence, in the Public Engagement and Community Planning category. 

Risk management

Council won the Westpool Local Government Risk Management Excellence Award and a United Independent Pools Members Choice Award for Risk Management Excellence.


Council's 2016-17 Annual Report won a Gold Award at the prestigious Australasian Reporting Awards - Celebrating Excellence in Reporting, following Gold for our 2014-15 and 2015-16 Annual Reports and Silver Awards in both 2014 and 2015.

Village Cafe

2018 - commended in the Great Community Collaboration Category at the Greater Sydney Commission Planning Awards

Zest Award for “Exceptional Partnership in a Local Government Area”