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2021 Award Winners

New Regulatory Officer of Year Award 2021 – Tony Lombardi, City of Adelaide

Congratulations to Antonio (Tony) Lombardi, City of Adelaide, who was awarded New Regulatory Officer of the Year Award at the Local Government Authorised Persons' Association (APA) 2021 Professional Development Seminar.

Tony beat a large, high quality pool of nominees to take home the award which recognises his fantastic approach to the work he does, the leadership he has shown since joining the Community Safety Team at the City of Adelaide and the creative solutions he develops in response to reoccurring or complex problems.

Tony won the award for his ability to navigate complex legal cases, as well as his general approach being a fantastic example of how to achieve outcomes through negotiation and influence.

“It’s really great to be recognised in this way amongst my peers. I was surprised to win knowing there was a vast number of high quality nominees. It has been great to receive the support from CoA and my team.” – Tony Lombardi

Animal Management Officer of Year Award 2021 – Laura Harvey, City of Mitcham

Laura Harvey has been employed in a regulatory role with the City of Mitcham since 2016.   

During this time, Laura has worked proactively to improve animal management within the Council and to support team members. Improvements have included:

  • -          Working with residents to manage barking dog complaints including developing ideas & tools for recording evidence in these matters;
  • -          Assisting with the trials of Noise Net;
  • -          Improving and streamlining processes for dog attack investigations and ensuring accurate reporting into DACO; 
  • -          Managing cat complaints since 2018, including working on providing leadership to the community on cat related issues; and  
  • -          Significant follow up with unrenewed dogs & cats.

Laura has demonstrated her commitment and passion for educating the community in regards to dog and cat management compliance, and going over and above to work with residents to solve problems.

Excellence in Regulatory Services Award 2021 – Beach Education Program Collaboration Project – Join winners: City of Charles Stuart and City of Port Adelaide Enfield

The City’s of Charles Sturt and Port Adelaide Enfield were the joint recipients of the 2021 Authorised Person Association’s Excellence in Regulatory Services award.  The award, sponsored by Norman Waterhouse, reflects a team’s outstanding initiative or achievement that demonstrates their commitment to improving the overall provision of service and safety to their community over the previous 12 months.


The award was presented to CCS & PAE for their collaborative Beach Patrol program undertaken over the 2020/21 summer period. The program resulted in an increased patrol service along our joint 20km of foreshore, providing consistent messaging, education and enforcement of dog on lead requirements, ultimately enhancing the enjoyment of the foreshore area for our communities.


The award is a fantastic reflection of the culture and leadership from both Council’s and their commitment to collaborative projects to achieve positive outcomes for our community. The amazing approach applied by Petra Edwards and Lauren Rosevear, as our dedicated Beach Education Officer’s, ultimately led to the success of the program and our commitment to continuing to adopt this collaborative approach for the 2021/22 summer period.