Media Release by The Hon Dan Tehan MP

Recognising local government achievements

The achievements of two local governments in violence prevention and disability and inclusion have been recognised at the 2018 National Awards for Local Government.

Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan today presented Victoria’s Cardinia Shire Council with the Prevention and Community Safety Award for its Together We Can initiative and Western Australia’s City of Stirling with the Disability Access and Inclusion Award for its Recycling Centre in Balcatta.

Mr Tehan praised both winners for their innovative approach to meeting the needs of their community.

“Cardinia Shire Council’s Together We Can project helps raise awareness about healthy and respectful relationships, prevents violence against women and their families, and protects the rights of all residents to feel safe,” Mr Tehan said.

“Cardinia Shire’s residents, workplaces, community services, government agencies, community clubs and groups, schools, churches, and health services are all working together to prevent and end family and domestic violence.

“At the City of Stirling’s Recycling Centre in Balcatta, 16 employees with disability interact with 16,000 visitors to the centre each month, increasing community interaction and promoting the benefits of employing people with disability.”

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