Awards in 2019-20   

Open Space Reinvestment Project- Erskine Park

Council was recognised for excellence in planning by the Planning Institute Australia (NSW) for its Open Space Reinvestment Project in Erskine Park. The project was awarded the Best Planning Idea – Small Project, and the Hard Won Victory category. The project was developed in response to the ongoing challenge faced by Council to fund the delivery of contemporary recreation spaces in our older established suburbs of Penrith.

Ripples Leisure Centre

Ripples Leisure Centre was awarded the 2019 National AUSTSWIM Recognised Swim Centre of the Year at the AUSTSWIM World Conference in October. The award capped off an outstanding year for Ripples which saw the centre receive awards from Swim Australia (Best Swim School Marketing, Promotions and Customer Service) and the Australian Swim Schools Association (ASSA Community Service Award).

The Penrith Health Action Plan

Council’s Community and Cultural Development team won two awards for their development and delivery of the Penrith Health Action Plan. They won the Delivering Integrated Care Category at the 2018 Quality Awards and also the Partnerships – Building Connections award at the Annual Congress of the National Growth Area Alliance (NGAA).

Advocacy Strategy

The Economic Initiatives team received the Advocacy Award for the development of Council’s Advocacy Strategy at the Annual Congress of the National Growth Area Alliance (NGAA). The Advocacy Strategy has been used to develop successful campaigns that support compelling evidence for why more infrastructure is needed in Penrith.

Nathan Burbridge – Leadership in Growth Areas Award

Economic Initiatives Manager Nathan Burbridge was highly commended in the Leadership in Growth Areas award category at the Annual Congress of the National Growth Area Alliance (NGAA) . Nathan’s leadership has been demonstrated through his role on the Executive Committee of the NGAA. 

Awards in 2018-19

The Mountain View Reserve in Cranebrook Project

This initiative led by Council’s Environmental Health and Compliance Department using Federal Government funding, was named a winner in the Integrated Stormwater Design Category at the 2018 Stormwater NSW Awards for Excellence. 

The Jordan Springs Community Hub

This initiative won the Sustainable Infrastructure category at the prestigious Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Awards.

Climate-adapted bus shelter 

The climate-adapted project shelter in Kingswood project was Highly Commended in the Climate Change Action category at the prestigious Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Awards.

Penrith City Council Annual Report

Council received a Gold Award for the organisation’s 2017- 18 Annual Report in the prestigious Australasian Reporting Awards. This follows Gold Awards for the previous three reports.

Kylie Powell - Women in Leadership Award

Director of City Futures, Kylie Powell was awarded a commendation in the Women in Leadership Award for Excellence category at the UDIA NSW Annual State Conference. Kylie was recognised for her work with new release areas and rezoning in the South Western Sydney Growth Corridors and for her strong leadership role in delivering the Penrith New West initiative. 

Sarah Tracy - Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government

Council Trainee, Sarah Tracy won a prestigious award at the Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government. These awards celebrate the contribution of women to local government and Sarah was successful in the Women in Traineeships or Apprenticeships for a Metropolitan Council award category.

Meagan Heeley - Seven News Young Achiever Awards

Children’s Services Childcare Aide, Meagan Heeley was recognised at the Seven News Young Achiever Awards as a Semi Finalist for the NSW Department of Education Early Childhood Education Award. She was nominated for continuously implementing new ideas and techniques, her passion for sustainability and generously sharing knowledge with her colleagues.