Award for A-League match

13 August 2015

AlburyCity has been recognised at the Local Government Week Awards for its successful hosting of an A-League game between Melbourne Heart and Perth Glory.

Council was highly commended for its staging of the match - which had to be moved back two hours on the morning of the game because of 44-degree heat - at Lavington Sports Ground in February 2014.

The judges gave "full credit to Albury for the success of this event, in the face of adversity".

"Albury proved its ability to deliver on a major event which involved a high level of community engagement, as well as managing a variety of external stakeholders within stringent guidelines," the judges said.

"But what makes this entry stand out is the successful management of last-minute changes to the start time due to extremely hot weather conditions.

"It's an important reminder of the importance of contingency planning, and the ability to execute when necessary for any type of event."

Mayor Kevin Mack said it was another example of AlburyCity's ability to host elite sporting events.

"We have hosted the four major football codes, Rugby Union, AFL, Rugby League and A-League, in a 15 month-period," Cr Mack said.

The awards were held in Sydney on 6 August.

The winner of the category was Tamworth Regional Council for the Tamworth Country Music Festival.