Brisbane bid for Australian Sustainable Cities title

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MEDIA RELEASE
Saturday 31 October 2015

 

With the hope of being named Australia’s sustainable city, Brisbane City Council was visited by the national Keep Australia Beautiful, Sustainable Cities judge Sean Rooney earlier this week.

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.

Mr Rooney said he was impressed with the Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities finalist, and being given the opportunity to review their projects as part of their National submission.

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 compiled judging scores while learning about Brisbane’s recycling service, community education and other environmental education programs, Green Heart Wisdom, Watt Savers, the Reduce Your Juice program, Gum Removal Vehicle, Brisbane Landfill Gas to Energy Project and Solar Energy Generation, and the CBD District Cooling System, among other projects and initiatives.

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.”

As the overall state winner in the Queensland Cleaner Cities Awards, Brisbane City will now vie for the national title against five other finalists:

  • Canberra Ornithological Group, Tasmania
  • Frankston City Council, Victoria
  • City of Canada Bay, New South Wales
  • City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia
  • City of Glenorchy, Tasmania.

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 2015 winner at the awards event to be held there on 13 November.

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Editors notes:

Judge Contact:

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

Finalist Contact:

Jodie Powderly | Senior Marketing and Communication Officer | 07 3027 4635 | 0422 416 760 | Jodie.Powderly@brisbane.qld.gov.au

National Media Contact:

Alice Morgan, Communications Manager, Keep Australia Beautiful | 0416 768 387 | alice@kab.org.au

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