A joint project between the Central Highlands Regional Council and its Japanese Sister City has been recognised at the recent Local Government Managers Australia Queensland Awards for Excellence.
The Australia Japan Friendship Park, an all-abilities playground constructed in Ichinoseki, was named one of three finalists in the teamwork category at the gala dinner in Brisbane last week.
In 2015, the Central Highlands Regional Council resolved to develop and build the Australian-themed inclusive park as a symbol of the significant bond between the two regions, which has endured more than 20 years.
‘Overcoming language barriers, cultural differences and thousands of kilometres, staff from both councils consulted, communicated and collaborated for more than six months to bring the innovative playground to life,’ Council’s Chief Executive Officer Scott Mason said.
‘This also involved working with representatives from the disability and trade sectors, equipment suppliers and other important stakeholders locally, nationally and across the globe.
‘The project would not have been possible without the dedication, initiative and perseverance of an effective team. Their incredible commitment underpinned the success of this project and they should be immensely proud.’
The project was also nominated in the innovation category and Manager Community Planning and Engagement Janice Moriarty was nominated for the Above and Beyond Award.
For the list of award winners visit www.lgmaqld.org.au