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The Waitaki District Council has received national recognition for its community safety work.
Waitaki community safety officer Alison Banks and the council's chief executive Michael Ross were presented with a commendation in the council-community relationships category in the New Zealand Post Local Government Excellence Awards.
The awards were held during the recent local government managers national conference in Queenstown.
The project "Our Community, Our Responsibility" included the Waitaki Guardians, graffiti prevention, traffic safety, initiatives to reduce alcohol-related harm, youth projects and community gardens.
Mrs Banks and Mr Ross made a presentation to other councils' senior managers, outlining the work the council had done for community safety in Waitaki.
It was great to have the efforts of staff and the community recognised, Mr Ross said.