Brisbane takes home Australian Sustainable City 2014

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MEDIA RELEASE
Friday 28 November 2014

 

Brisbane Overall SC14

Aaron Lee, Cr. David McLachlan

The crowning of Brisbane City Council as the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable City 2014 has been welcomed as a well-deserved win for the city, which saw Cr David McLachlan and Aaron Lee accept the award at an event in the City of Marion, South Australia this evening.

Brisbane City performed strongly across all areas and has also emerged as outright winner of two categories Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention and Energy Innovation.

Its programs are rooted in strategic plans and communicated to the community, the elected representatives, thus committing themselves publicly to work towards a more sustainable future and empowering staff to do great work to achieve these outcomes.

“All cities have room for improvement and Brisbane has been working to improve all of its operations plus push further ahead in the areas that it was already showing leadership and excellence in,” said Australian Sustainable Cities judge Cameron Little.

The litter prevention programs within the Brisbane CBD have been developed following best practice utilizing community based social marketing techniques and have proven time and again this approach has been a recipe for success for them.

In the field of transport energy innovation, the engineers from the City of Brisbane’s significant bus fleet, with over 1,250 City owned busses, have been systematically updating the fleet with Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicles (EEVs) plus trailing different tyres, transmission settings and other power configurations in order to maximize the energy efficiency of the fleet.

Peter McLean, National Executive Officer for Keep Australia Beautiful said “each finalist 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.”

The Sustainable Cities program allows Australia to show case 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.

“The Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities program provides an important platform for councils and communities to share their achievements in litter prevention and environmental sustainability” said Stan Moore, CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC).

“The APC is pleased to be a key supporter of the nation-wide KAB Sustainable Cities Program as it gives us an opportunity to engage with local governments. We congratulate all Councils that nominated and the 2014 award winners.”

The Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Sustainable Cities Awards are sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant. The principal event sponsor is City of Marion, the 2013 Australian Sustainable Cities Winner. Thank you to our other event sponsors, TAFE South Australia and Solar Bins Australia.

For more information visit: kab.org.au

Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Sustainable Cities Awards Winners 2014

Category Winner Highly Commended
Community Action and Partnerships Manly Council, New South Wales
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Brisbane City Council, Queensland Manly Council, New South Wales
Resource Recovery and Waste Management Brimbank City Council, Victoria City of Bunbury, Western Australia
Environmental Protection and Innovation City of Bunbury, Western Australia Manly Council, New South Wales
Water Conservation Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania
Energy Innovation Brisbane City Council, Queensland
Heritage and Culture City of Holdfast Bay, South Australia
City of Bunbury, Western Australia
Young Legends Mitchell Pearce, Canberra Urban Honey
Overall Winner 2014 Brisbane City Council, Queensland

 

ENDS

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

National Media Contact:
Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful
Email: alice@kab.org.au Tel: 0416 768 387

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, Adopt a Patch, 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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