East Border Region Projects win Prestigious NILGA Awards

2 March 2009

Representatives from the STEM (Environmental Systems Management) and the projects funded by the European Union through the East Border Region INTERREG IIIA Partnership, were delighted to be announced the recipients of the ‘Innovative Training Initiative Award’ and the ‘Award for Sustainable Development’ respectively at Thursday nights Northern Ireland Local Government Awards ceremony held at The Armagh City Hotel.

The awards, a new initiative developed by NILGA recognise service improvements in local government across Northern Ireland and were highly contested with almost 90 submissions for just 8 awards.

Eileen Campbell, Business Support Manager from Southern Group Environmental Health Committee was delighted with the achievement. “This award recognises the huge benefits the STEM Project has delivered to the community by recruiting graduates with little or no experience of working with businesses or local councils and training them to become effective environmental professionals with a wide range of skills across a large number of business sectors.”

Expressing his delight at winning the ‘Award for Sustainable Development’ Joseph Birt, Project Co-ordinator for Project said:

“To win this award gives us great pride and motivation that the service provides has been recognised and received. It offers great motivation to all involved with the project in continuing to offer a source of guidance and help to people who require support with planning and development needs. We hope that the site will continue to be a vital tool to businesses and the general public on both sides of the border.”

Welcoming the news, Councillor Jackie Crowe, Chairman of the East Border Region INTERREG IIIA Partnership said:

“These awards represent a fantastic endorsement for the East Border Region; both the STEM and projects are renowned as flagship projects within the INTERREG IIIA Programme and are projects which I as Chair of EBR INTERREG IIIA Partnership am very proud to be associated with”.


For further information on STEM, please contact Heather Spratt, Southern Group Environmental Health Committee, on 028 3751 5800 or email or for further information on contact Joseph Birt, Down District Council on 028 4460 0800 or email

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