Frankston City bid for Australian Sustainable Cities title

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MEDIA RELEASE
Monday 19 October 2015

 

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Frankston City was visited by the national Keep Australia Beautiful, Sustainable Cities judge Sean Rooney last week with the hope of being named Australia’s sustainable city.

Frankston displayed their 11 kilometres of bay coastline via the foreshore boardwalk, and their array of parks, gardens, natural reserves. They also showcased their Alternative Energy Trial and Community Solar Program, and environmental education and youth involvement programs.

Mr Rooney said, “It is always an honour and pleasure to be able to recognise and promote the work that many dedicated individuals and communities are undertaking to continuously improve social and environment development within their own cities.”

Mr Rooney also learnt about the heritage and culture within Frankston City, with the Susono Japanese Cultural Partnership, and Ventana Fiesta, an interactive celebration of authentic Latin American, Portuguese and Spanish cultures.

Frankston City Council was named the Keep Victoria Beautiful, Sustainable Cities Award winners for 2015, and will now vie for the national title against five other finalists:

  • Canberra Ornithological Group, Australian Capital Territory
  • Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania
  • City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia
  • Brisbane City Council, Queensland
  • City of Canada Bay, New South Wales.

Keep Australia Beautiful National Chief Executive Officer Philip Robinson said the judging process is a lot more than just a day in the city.

“It gives Keep Australia Beautiful the opportunity to assess on ground, but equally important it allows our experts to give feedback to participants, and share that best practice information with others.”

Sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant the Australian Sustainable Cities Awards encourage, motivate and celebrate the local sustainability achievements of urban communities across Australia, and have been running since 2007.

The national Sustainable Cities judging takes place all this month, to then decide on the overall Australian winner. The existing Australian Sustainable Cities title is held by Brisbane City Council in Queensland, and will be passed onto the new 2015 winner at the awards event to be held there on 13 November.

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Editors notes:

For more information visit: kab.org.au

Judge Contact:

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

Finalist Contact:

Kelly Ross, Coordinator Media and Communications | 03 9784 1005| kelly.ross@frankston.vic.gov.au

National Media Contact:

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

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