Bundaberg Regional Council's One Million Trees program is the recipient of the prestigious Granicus Digital Government Award for its innovation and positive contribution to the environment.
Granicus, the leading provider of government experience cloud tools, honours government entities and employees who have embraced modern technologies that drive awareness of community programs, improve resident experiences, transform outdated processes and inspire civic action.
The organisation recently recognised winners across five award categories: Customer Experience, Community Engagement, Website of the Year, Digital Changemaker and Data for Good.
Winners were selected by an internal advisory board and were evaluated based on criteria including government efficiency and effectiveness, program performance, customer satisfaction and overall customer experience.
Bundaberg Regional Council was presented the Data for Good Award for the development and implementation of the One Million Trees project.
Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey said it was positive news for Council and the region's environment.
“It's fantastic to receive recognition for a program that will not only help Council's carbon footprint and move towards Net Zero strategy, but will have far reaching positive impacts on the region,” he said.
“By utilising technology and consultation sessions with our residents, everyone has been offered an opportunity to take part in planting some trees while making a difference to our environment.”
The One Million Trees project focuses on Council working collaboratively with residents, businesses, schools and community groups to plant as many trees as possible throughout the region.
Traditionally, similar programs across the nation are managed manually and with little data, if any, collected on the number of trees and planting locations.
Such programs have relied on printed vouchers, resulting in additional paper wastage on program delivery.
Bundaberg Regional Council has leveraged its community engagement website, Our Bundaberg Region, for community members to easily apply and find all necessary resources on one site.
Moreover, the process for managing tree applications and distribution is streamlined between residents, Council and tube stock suppliers so that tree and planting location data is collected and well-managed throughout the entire process.
The data has been leveraged to review demand and promote the program throughout the region.
Since implementation, the One Million Trees project pages have been consistently in the top three most visited sites every month.
The project will continue to be developed so that more trees can be planted to help achieve the goal of achieving a regional net zero carbon target by 2030.
Mel Hagedorn, Granicus’ Director of Client Services for Australia and New Zealand, congratulated Bundaberg Regional Council on its award.
“The 2022 Granicus Digital Government Award winners exemplify the dedication of agencies and staff to serving and engaging their communities in inspiring, innovative and effective ways,” she said.
“These organisations, teams and individuals are leaders in the digital government space, and we are honoured to partner with them.”
Find out more about the One Million Trees program here.