2015 Australian Sustainable Cities Award winners announced (ACT)

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10.30PM AEST
Friday 13 November 2015

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Alison Russell-French; Alan Thomas; David Curtin. Photo by Leah Desborough.

Keep Australia Beautiful has announced the winners of the 2015 Australian Sustainable Cities Awards. The sustainability and litter-fighting organisation sets out to encourage, motivate and celebrate the local sustainability achievements of urban communities across Australia via these annual awards, sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant.

Canberra Ornithologists Group won the Environmental Education Award, at the event hosted by last year’s title holder, Brisbane City Council on 13 November.

Australian Sustainable Cities judge Sean Rooney said the community based organisation of volunteers has had a significant impact on environmental outcomes.

“For over 50 years the Canberra Ornithological Group has played a key role in environmental conservation and education in the ACT. Their science based and collaborative approach has influenced conservation policy, planning and practice in the ACT.”

The group conducts and documents bird surveys in and around Canberra.  Survey methodologies, data points and data management is deeply science based and provides incomparable insight and knowledge that informs planning decisions for urban wetlands, land use planning, and new suburbs.

Philip Robinson, CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful said, “the Sustainable Cities program allows Australia to showcase the best of the best, and provides outstanding examples of how cities around the nation are implementing practical projects that help local communities achieve an efficient and sustainable future.”

Included in the proceedings was an inspiring speech from Jane Milburn of Textile Beat, promoting conscious dressers seeking to know more about the substance, not just the style of clothing they wear.

The prestigious 2015 overall win went to Frankston City Council, in Victoria. Across all categories Frankston City Council demonstrated significant action and achievement, resulting in tangible social, economic and environmental benefits for communities across the local government area.

The full Australian Sustainable Cities judge report can be found on the Keep Australia Beautiful website kab.org.au

2015 Australian Sustainable Cities Awards – Results Table

Category Winner Highly Commended
Community Action and Wellbeing City of Canada Bay, NSW Frankston City Council, VIC
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Waste Management & Resource Recovery Brisbane City Council, QLD (sponsored by Australian Packaging Covenant)

Frankston City Council, VIC

 

City of Canada Bay, NSW (sponsored by Australian Packaging Covenant)

Environmental Sustainability Frankston City Council, VIC

Glenorchy City Council, TAS

 

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, WA

Heritage and Culture City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, WA Glenorchy City Council, TAS
Young Legends Glenorchy City Council, TAS

 

 

Environmental Education Canberra Ornithologists Group, ACT

 

 

Overall winner Frankston City Council, VIC  

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Judge Contact:

Sean Rooney | 0422 161 410 | seanrooney@capitalexecutives.com.au

Finalist Contact:

Alan Thomas COG Secretary | 0400 433 422 | alan.david.thomas@gmail.com

Media Comment:

Phil Robinson | CEO Keep Australia Beautiful | 0413 354 680 | ceo@kab.org.au

National Media Contact:

Alice Morgan | Communications Manager | Keep Australia Beautiful | 02 8626 9396 | alice@kab.org.au

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