SUCCESS made its way to the Isaac region at the 2011 Australian National Awards for Economic Development Excellence in Adelaide on Wednesday.
Isaac Regional Council and Rio Tinto Coal Australia won the Highly Commended award for the Community Economic Development category with their Clermont Preferred Futures partnership in the Clermont region.
On hand to collect the prestigious award at the Stamford Plaza Hotel were Isaac Regional Council officer Alanna Edwards and Rio Tinto Coal Australia's Clermont Region community relations specialist Samantha Faint.
The Clermont Preferred Futures Strategy is recognised as a ground-breaking partnership between the IRC and Rio Tinto Clermont Region that has evolved into a successful model of engagement and community development.
The model has invigorated the community and has become a preferred way of doing business.
IRC Mayor Cedric Marshall said he was delighted with the award.
"This is a great achievement and deserved recognition for both the CPF model and the great partnership which exists between council and Rio Tinto," he said.
"Clermont is a uniquely complex town and it requires unique and complex solutions.
"Council and Rio Tinto have recognised and worked with the community to build a preferred future strategy to ensure the town's long-term success."
Rio Tinto's Clermont Region general manager of operations Dawid Pretorius thanked community members for its ongoing support of the Clermont Preferred Futures partnership.
"This program has empowered the local community to map out its vision for a sustainable future and we are proud to support them in doing this," said Mr Pretorius.
"We recognise mining can present challenges for a community such as housing and infrastructure, and we are committed to being part of the solution here in Clermont.
"We share the vision of Clermont thriving as a community beyond the life of our mining operations and we will to continuing work closely with the council towards this goal."
Since its inception, the Clermont Preferred Futures Strategy has had many positive outcomes, which have all been supported by Rio Tinto Clermont Region and the IRC.
A key deliverable is the Urban Design Framework which is an important tool for the community, the council and industry to progress liveability, population growth and new industry attraction.
Aligning the community with a vision for the future has led to community groups and organisations developing strategies to ensure preparedness for growth and development.
The Clermont Community and Business Group is an important lead agency in this.
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