National Award for Victor Harbor Schoolies Festival Team

A TEAM: City of Victor Harbor CEO Graeme Maxwell and Encounter Youth CEO Nigel Knowles with their collaboration award for the running of the Schoolies Festival.

A TEAM: City of Victor Harbor CEO Graeme Maxwell and Encounter Youth CEO Nigel Knowles with their collaboration award for the running of the Schoolies Festival.

VICTOR HARBOR – The Victor Harbor Schoolies Festival Team won the Community Partnerships and Collaboration category at the Local Government Professionals Australia National Federation Awards.

The awards celebrate the commitment councils show to their communities and recognise excellence in local government. Competing against entrants from across the country, the Victor Harbor Schoolies Festival Team was the winner demonstrating collaboration across the event’s driver Encounter Youth, City of Victor Harbor, South Australian Police, SA Ambulance, Metropolitan Fire Service, St Johns, SA Health, Country Health SA, Safe Work SA, local accommodation providers, transport operators, educational institutions, liquor licensees, Motor Accident Commission (MAC), media and the Victor Harbor community.

City of Victor Harbor CEO Graeme Maxwell said through outstanding collaboration of the event team, Victor Harbor’s school leaver management response is known as the country’s safest and shortest school leaver’s celebration.

“This national accolade is testament to the partnerships that have turned a once unruly celebration that lasted weeks into a well-managed, structured and safe celebration that runs over three days in November each year,” Mr Maxwell said.

Mr Maxwell pointed out Encounter Youth’s vision and leadership had driven the success of Victor Harbor’s Schoolies Festival.

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