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MEDIA RELEASE
Monday 19 May 2014
Media Contact Alice Morgan
Phone 02 8626 9396
Email alice@kab.org.au

Rainbow Bay were announced just last week worthy to be the Queensland Clean Beaches winner, when it was only very recently we heard that their neighbour, Fingal Head, were the New South Wales finalist. Separated by only state borders, these two coastal communities will be going head-to-head to battle it out for the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Clean Beaches title 2014.

Representatives from Rainbow Bay and Fingal Head are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Keep Australia Beautiful National Clean Beaches judge, Averil Bones next week.

As part of her judging tour, Ms Bones will arrive at Rainbow Bay on the 28th of May, followed by Fingal Head on the 29th. Whilst there, she will visit a number of the key environmental projects and initiatives which earned these coastal areas the Keep Queensland Beautiful, and Keep New South Wales Beautiful, Clean Beach Awards titles respectively.

The Clean Beaches program award communities who actively work for a cleaner, more sustainable coastal environment. Awards are presented to local councils, volunteers, surf lifesaving clubs, rangers and other community groups who implement initiatives that care for dunes, waterways, protect habitats, educate the community, reduce litter, preserve and value culture and heritage, and support tourism.

Ms Bones, who is judging this awards program for the second year running said “there are so many reasons why Rainbow Bay has been chosen as the Queensland winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beaches program and therefore they will be very competitive when the national judging takes place. I can’t wait to visit and see all these achievements first hand.”

Ms Bones will evaluate these initiatives against the national awards criteria which include community action and partnerships, litter prevention, resource recovery and waste management, environmental innovation and protection, water conservation, energy innovation, heritage and culture, and a youth participation and engagement award which are all individually given scores out of 100.

Peter McLean, National Executive Officer for Keep Australia Beautiful said that “each of the national finalists has demonstrated significant outcomes in a range of sustainability projects and activities and the national program allows each of them to learn even more from leading projects in other states and territories.”

The national Clean Beaches judging takes place over the last fortnight in May, to then decide on the overall Australian winner. The current Australian Clean Beaches title holder is Currumbin on Queensland’s Gold Coast. This title will be passed onto the new 2014 winner at the Australian Clean Beaches Awards event to be held on 18 July at the Currumbin Surf Club.

There are a total of 5 Australian Clean Beaches finalists in this year’s fierce competition:

  • Rainbow Bay, Queensland
  • Fingal Head, New South Wales
  • Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory
  • Whyalla, South Australia
  • Raspins Beach, Tasmania

Through the Clean Beaches Awards Program, Keep Australia Beautiful share expert knowledge and experience to empower those who care about our beaches to actively work towards a cleaner, more sustainable marine environment.

Official event sponsor for the Australian Clean Beaches Awards 2014 is Gold Coast City Council, and event supporter Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club. Keep Australia Beautiful is seeking category sponsorship for this worthwhile program.

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For further information please contact:

Judge Contact: Averil Bones, Australian Clean Beaches judge, 0437 864 153

National Media Comment: Peter McLean, National Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful peter@kab.org.au  Mob: 0416 227 158

National Media Contact: Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful alice@kab.org.au  Ph: 02 8626 9396

EDITOR’S NOTES:

About the Australian Clean Beaches Awards:

Clean Beaches is a fun, competitive program to help keep Australian beaches and shorelines litter free and sustainable. Launched in 1998, the competition challenges Australia’s communities to prove they have the nation’s cleanest beach. Hundreds of beaches and shores enter this competition every year.

Clean Beaches takes a whole of community approach and covers many elements of community life. When all the community entities are working well together, to best manage their beach environment, it is often reflected in Clean Beaches success.

About the judge – Averil Bones

Averil Bones has worked as an environmental activist for over ten years, including with WWF-Australia and Humane Society International. She has served on a range of committees and boards including the NSW Government’s Natural Resources Advisory Council and the Prime Minister’s Roundtable on Water Reform. She has participated as a volunteer in a wide range of community projects, for example the Australian Humpback Whale Survey and turtle population surveys on Australia’s east and west coasts.

Averil is an active member of her local community garden, and has recently completed work with the Commonwealth Government developing inter-jurisdictional climate change adaptation policy. She holds a Bachelor degree in Communication and a Masters degree in Political Economy.

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