Bunbury aiming for a win at National awards

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Friday 14 November 2014

 

 

Reigning state champions City of Bunbury will be representing Western Australia in two weeks’ time at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities Awards 2014.

City of Bunbury are competing against 7 other finalists from around the country for the title of Overall Australian Sustainable City, which will be announced on Friday 28 November 2014 hosted by last years’ winner,  City of Marion, South Australia.

City of Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said “It is an honour to be nominated for this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities National Award. It is also a credit to the hardworking staff at the City of Bunbury who have implemented the organics waste program, in particular Waste Services Manager Mr Tony Battersby.”

“It is a great initiative which has resulted in residents recycling 57 per cent of all waste and only 43 per cent going to landfill.  We have reached our 2020 target already. We aim to continuously improve our recovery rate.”

According to Keep Australia Beautiful National Chief Executive Officer Peter McLean, “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.”

Special guest Ronni Kahn, founder and CEO of OzHarvest will be presenting on food waste, and food rescue. Ronni was instrumental in changing the existing legislation across four states that had prevented food donors from supplying excess food.

OzHarvest rescues its food daily from restaurants, cafes, hotels, retailers and food outlets, then delivers the fresh meals which can include pre-prepared meals, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and seafood products and packaged food to its charities.

The leading lights of Australian sustainability in 2014 are:

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

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. 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

ENDS

Media Contact: Lee-Maree Gallo
Email: lmgallo@bunbury.wa.gov.au
Phone:         (08) 9792 7136 / 0417 825 169

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: (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, 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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