Cessnock City Council was recognised in a number of categories at the 2019 Local Government NSW Awards, which were held in Sydney earlier this month.
Cessnock's 2018 NAIDOC Week program received a highly commended in the RH Dougherty Awards for Innovation and Special Events.
The award recognised the collaboration between council and the community in putting together a wonderful program of events.
The award-winning Cessnock City Seniors Festival once again attracted attention, with the 2018 program named as a finalist in the Leo Kelly OAM Arts and Culture Awards. It was the third year in a row council's Seniors Festival had been nominated at the awards, winning its category in 2017 and 2018.
Council was also successful at the LGNSW Planning Awards, receiving a highly commended in the Culture Change Innovation and Excellence category for the Branxton Town Centre Strategy.
Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent attended the awards and said it was tough competition.
"There were some amazing events and planning projects from councils across the state that were also named as finalists," Cr Pynsent said.
"It's wonderful our council has again been recognised at these awards that are about showcasing councils in NSW going the extra mile when it comes to events, initiatives or projects.
"I'm proud council took home a highly commended for the work it has done on the Branxton Town Centre. Council was recognised for the way it collaborated with the community to come up with a vision for the town centre.
"Facilitating genuine engagement on projects is important and this project is a demonstration of doing it successfully.
"I'd also like to recognise the community groups and members involved in NAIDOC Week 2018 and the Seniors Festival 2018. This award is a recognition of your tireless efforts in contributing to these events."