Canada Bay bid for most sustainable city in country
Friday 2 October 2015
Photo: Showcasing the Water for the Community Project. Click on photo to download full size.
L – R: Tony Pavlovic, City of Canada Bay; Mayor Angelo Tsirekas; Petrina Nelson, City of Canada Bay; Sean Rooney, Keep Australia Beautiful; Belinda Koytz, City of Canada Bay.
City of Canada Bay was visited by the national Keep Australia Beautiful, Sustainable Cities judge earlier this week with the hope of being named Australia’s sustainable city.
Canada Bay displayed their various community initiatives, partnerships with neighbouring councils, as well as their Waste App that has been translated into multiple languages.
They also showcased their education and behaviour change WasteLess in the Bay program, kNOw Waste Schools Education, and Regional Compost Revolution online tutorial. Their innovative cigarette butt recycling project ‘Bin your Butts’ resulted in an average reduction of 88% butts littered.
Keep Australia Beautiful National judge Sean Rooney also commented “the Water for Our Community project ensures the future of open spaces by harvesting stormwater. The water is used to irrigate 15 sports-fields and two golf courses with a 4km pipe network, saving 180 million litres of drinking water per year.”
“Canada Bay were very strong with their partnerships, which was demonstrated by Our Living River, a project that aims to make Parramatta River Swimmable by 2025,” Mr Rooney went on to say.
Canada Bay was named the state’s most sustainable city in the Keep New South Wales Beautiful final, and will now vie for the national title against five other finalists:
- Canberra Ornithological Group, Australian Capital Territory
- Glenorchy, Tasmania
- Frankston City Council, Victoria
- City of Kalgoorlie Boulder, Western Australia
- Queensland (TBA)
Keep Australia Beautiful National Chair Robert Thomas 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.”
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.
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 new 2015 winner at the awards event to be held there on 13 November.
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