Council picks up national transport award


Nelson City Council has been given national recognition for its efforts in improving safety around getting to and from school.

The team has won the prestigious Trafinz transportation sustainability leadership award for New Zealand for its school package.

The Trafinz awards were developed to recognise those organisations, individuals or communities that have made an outstanding contribution and have demonstrated leadership in transportation safety and sustainability in New Zealand.

The winner had to demonstrate the dedication of the community to strive to achieve NZ best outcomes in transportation and continue to develop a safe, efficient and sustainable transport system through engineering, education and enforcement or a combination of these.

NCC’s entry included evidence of these outcomes through the work done at school frontages and through its latest walking and cycling count data.

It comes just days after council contractor Downer picked up a national award for its maintenance of Nelson’s roads.

Chair of the Works and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Eric Davy, says to get two national awards in one week is a real coup for Council.

“To be recognised in this manner on a national level is testament to the hard work and efforts of our staff.

“It shows how committed we are to making Nelson a safer and even better place to live,” he says.