Creating Liveable Communities Competition

Prize Money Available - now closed

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The Creating Liveable Communities Competition was funded by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) and administered by Local Government NSW.
The competition aimed to make living in communities in NSW increasingly inclusive and enjoyable for older people, carers and people with disability. 

Ideas invited

Councils were invited to enter innovative ideas to design accessible and inclusive social and physical environments which specifically benefit the target groups. Ideas can come from longstanding or emerging issues that require creative solutions.

Amount of funding available

A total of $650,000 was available for the most creative and innovative ideas for projects that make the community more liveable for the target groups. The judges awarded prizes to the most innovative projects and prizes were one-off allocations ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 for individual councils.

Competition objectives

The objectives of the competition were to help councils:
  • Find innovative solutions to barriers to participation faced by carers, older people and people with disability.
  • Plan and implement liveable communities based on WHO’s Global Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide.
  • Work across council departments to raise awareness about liveable communities.
  • Engage with local stakeholders.

Entry deadline

Applications for the competition closed 5pm, 12 December 2014.

How to enter

Information on the grants application process can be found below:

Competition results

The Minister for Disability Services, the Hon John Ajaka and the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Paul Toole announced the winners of the Creating Liveable Communities Competition on 24 February 2015.
LGNSW received an overwhelming number of submissions, all addressing different ways of developing communities to make them more liveable and inclusive.
Seventeen of the most innovative ideas from councils in rural, regional and metropolitan regions were chosen. Successful projects include improving accessibility, employment opportunities and recreation activities.