Canberra Urban Honey bid for most sustainable in country
Wednesday 15 October 2014
The Canberra Urban Honey project was visited by the national Keep Australia Beautiful, Sustainable Cities judge last week, in the hopes of being named Australia’s sustainable city.
Canberra Urban Honey was named the territory’s most sustainable community based organisation in the Keep Australia Beautiful ACT final, and will now vie for the national title against each state and territory finalist:
- Brimbank City Council, Victoria
- Brisbane City Council, Queensland
- City of Bunbury, Western Australia
- Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania
- City of Holdfast Bay, South Australia
- City of Manly, New South Wales
- City of Palmerston, Northern Territory.
Keep Australia Beautiful National judge Cameron Little said, “The efforts of Canberra Urban Honey are outstanding, and each of our finalists this year provide outstanding examples of how cities around the nation are implementing practical projects that help local communities achieve an efficient and sustainable future.”
“It’s much more about seeing the community engagement and hearing from the local people how much they love living in the area and being part of the community they’re in.”
Mr Little will evaluate Canberra Urban Honey’s initiatives against the national awards criteria which encompasses environmental innovation and protection, resource recovery and waste management, water conservation and energy innovation, community action and partnerships, litter prevention, the protection of heritage and culture and a young legends category.
Keep Australia Beautiful National Chief Executive, Peter McLean 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.”
The national Sustainable Cities judging concluded on Friday. Mr Little will now decide on the overall Australian winner based on a points system. The existing Australian Sustainable Cities winner is City of Marion in South Australia, and this title will be passed onto the new 2014 winner at the awards event to be held there on 28 November.
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
Media Contact: Mitchell Pearce
Phone: 0438 749 998
Judge Contact: Cameron Little
Mob: 0414 385 644
National Media Comment:
Peter McLean, National Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful
Mob: 0416 227 158
National Media Contact:
Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful
Tel: (02) 8626 9396
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.