Burleigh Heads packs a punch at Clean Beaches judging

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MEDIA RELEASE
Monday 15 June  2015

 

Queensland’s Clean Beaches finalist Burleigh Heads showcased their environmental projects and initiatives to the national Clean Beaches judge, Averil Bones on Friday.

Proving themselves worthy to represent the state, they are now going head-to-head with five other national finalists around the country to vie for the iconic Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Clean Beaches Award 2015.

Ms Bones, who is judging this awards program for the third year running said “Community spirit is alive and well in Burleigh Heads! It was great to meet representatives from volunteer groups, council, state government, national parks, lifesaving clubs and local businesses.”

“Burleigh is a beautiful beach community which is coping well under growing pressure from tourism. The great condition of the beach, headlands and dune vegetation is testament to the coordinated efforts of the locals, and it’s clear that they are reaping the rewards of their efforts,” Ms Bones said.

The annual 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 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 Australian Clean Beaches 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 current Australian Clean Beaches title holder is Nhulunbuy, in the top end near Gove, Northern Territory.  This iconic title will be passed onto the new 2015 winner at the Australian Clean Beaches Awards event to be held in Darwin on 14 August.

Other Clean Beaches finalists include:

  • Port Julia, Yorke Peninsula , South Australia
  • Bondi Beach, New South Wales
  • Guilderton, Western Australia
  • Garig Gunak Barlu, Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory
  • Richardsons 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.

The Australian Clean Beaches Awards are sponsored by the Department for the Environment.

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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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