Brimbank bid for most sustainable city in country

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Thursday 18 September 2014

 

From left - Hayley Mackie (BCC Conservation Coordinator), Simon Heyes (BCC Land Management Officer), Cameron Little (Keep Australia Beautiful Award judge), and Jane Nathan (Brimbank Administrator) at Brimbank City Council Operations Centre.

From left – Hayley Mackie (BCC Conservation Coordinator), Simon Heyes (BCC Land Management Officer), Cameron Little (Keep Australia Beautiful Award judge), and Jane Nathan (Brimbank Administrator) at Brimbank City Council Operations Centre.

City of Brimbank was visited by the national Keep Australia Beautiful, Sustainable Cities judge last week in the hopes of being named Australia’s sustainable city.

Brimbank was named the state’s most sustainable city in the Keep Australia Beautiful, Sustainability Victoria final, and will now vie for the national title against each state and territory finalist:

Brisbane City Council, Queensland
City of Bunbury, Western Australia
Canberra Urban Honey, Australian Capital Territory
Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania
City of Holdfast Bay, South Australia
Manly Council, New South Wales
City of Palmerston, Northern Territory.

Keep Australia Beautiful National judge Cameron Little said “City of Brimbank’s efforts are outstanding, and each of our finalists this year provide outstanding examples of how cities around the nation are implementing practical projects that help local communities achieve an efficient and sustainable future.”

“It’s much more about seeing the community engagement and hearing from the local people how much they love living in the area and being part of the community they’re in.”

Mr Little will evaluate Brimbank’s initiatives against the national awards criteria which encompasses environmental innovation and protection, resource recovery and waste management, water conservation and energy innovation, community action and partnerships, litter prevention, the protection of heritage and culture and a young legends category.

Keep Australia Beautiful National Chief Executive, Peter McLean 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.”

The national Sustainable Cities judging takes place until October, to then decide on the overall Australian winner. The existing Australian Sustainable Cities winner is City of Marion in South Australia, and this title will be passed onto the new 2014 winner at the awards event to be held there in November.

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 Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Sustainable Cities Awards are sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant. Event sponsor is City of Marion, TAFE South Australia, and Solar Bins Australia.

For more information visit: kab.org.au

ENDS

Media Contact: Ebonnie Lord
Phone: (03) 9249 4509
Email: EbonnieL@brimbank.vic.gov.au

Judge Contact: Cameron Little Mob: 0414 385 644
nationaljudge@kab.org.au

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

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

About Sustainable Cities  About Cameron Little

About Keep Australia Beautiful: Keep Australia Beautiful is the national peak body on litter prevention. With more than four decades of experience in engaging Australians to care for their local environments, (not to be confused with the organisation Clean Up Australia Day) KAB Programs include Sustainable Cities, Tidy Towns, Clean Beaches, National Litter Index, Eco-Schools, Australia’s Litter Action Plan and Keep Australia Beautiful Week in August.

The KAB National website is www.kab.org.au where all information on the organisation can be accessed including the National Litter Index, which is Australia’s only independent nation-wide litter research.

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