City of Marion shows off for Sustainable Cities Judge

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Thursday 19 September 2013
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Bruce Wilson (Friends of Warriparinga) and Cameron Little beneath the Scar Tree at Warriparinga

Bruce Wilson (Friends of Warriparinga) and Cameron Little beneath the Scar Tree at Warriparinga

City of Marion saw the Keep Australia Beautiful National Sustainable Cities judge, Cameron Little visit to assess the city yesterday, as one of seven National finalists celebrating local sustainability achievements of urban communities across Australia.

Included in his judging tour, Mr Little visited a number of the key environmental projects and initiatives in City of Marion that earned the city the South Australian state winner’s title of KESAB environmental solutions Sustainable City for 2013. Now the city vies to become the 2013 winner of the national Australian Sustainable Cities Awards.

According to Mr Little, “City of Marion’s efforts 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.”

The City’s new healthy lifestyle programs have seen over 300 people learn to grow edible gardens or attend workshops, including a focus embracing disabled residents by developing a wheelchair friendly garden at home. As well as establishing a community permaculture garden, a community grants program connects schools with community groups to deliver joint projects and a brochure promoting local cycling routes. This has generated 5316 volunteer hours, and its these partnerships that enable groups to tackle issues that are important to them using skills, experience and resources within their expertise.

Mr Little evaluated these and other 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.

“The Sustainable Cities Awards are highly regarded by local councils across Australia, and to achieve national Sustainable Cities title for the year is coveted and held in high esteem. The Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities program provides a platform for councils to showcase their achievements not only locally, but state wide with the potential to show case across Australia” said Chris Jeffreys General Manager of the Australian Food & Grocery Councils Packaging Stewardship Forum.

“We are proud to be long term sponsors of Keep Australia Beautiful and congratulate the 2013 award finalists and all councils and communities who have entered the awards program.”

Finalists already announced include City of Moreland in Victoria, Launceston in Tasmania, the Canberra Indian Myna Action Group in the Capital Territory, Brisbane City Council in Queensland, and the City of Canada Bay in New South Wales. The Western Australian finalist is yet to be announced.

The existing Australian Sustainable Cities winners are The City of Cockburn in WA, and this title will be passed onto the new 2013 winner at an event to be held on 18 November.

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EDITOR’S NOTES:

For further information about the judge’s visit, please contact:

Judge Contact: Cameron Little Mob: 0414 385 644 cameron@sustainabilitysystems.com.au

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  Mob: 02 8626 9396

About the Australian Sustainable Communities Awards

Keep Australia Beautiful seeks to lead, challenge and inspire all Australians to strive for a sustainable and litter free environment.  It does this through research, communications programs and awards programs.

Its national awards are known as the Australian Sustainable Communities Awards which consist of the Tidy Towns, Sustainable Cities, and Clean Beaches Awards.  Each awards program commences with state and territory awards and culminates in a national Grand Final event.

The Sustainable Cities Awards are open to metropolitan communities. Our major cities are home to 77% of the Australian population, and have absorbed 80% of the population growth over the last 40 years. They are heavily exposed to the impacts of climate change. While our cities are among the most liveable in the world, they lag behind on some aspects of sustainability when it comes to energy consumption, car dependence and equity, with a stark and growing divide between the opportunities available to residents of the inner suburbs and those available to residents in outer urban areas.

About Keep Australia Beautiful

Keep Australia Beautiful is the national peak body on litter prevention. With over 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, The LITTLE Committee, National Bin Network and Keep Australia Beautiful Week in August.

The KAB National website is 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.

About the judge – Cameron Little

Cameron Little has two decades of experience within the environment, sustainability and corporate social responsibility sectors and has been providing pioneering specialist sustainability support for the Australian events industry for the last ten years. In addition to a BSc in Environmental Biology he has trained in Environmental Auditing, Occupational Health and Safety, Workplace Training and Assessment, Sustainability Assessments and Permaculture.

Cameron’s interest is in the design and application of sustainability systems for environmental, social and economic benefits across a range of business, community sector, education and governmental organisations. He takes techniques and lessons learnt from each of these areas to develop and embed effective policies, procedures and practices for organisations to achieve their sustainability objectives.

Cameron lectures and trains in Environmental Auditing, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainable Events, Permaculture, sustainable buildings and sustainable living. Cameron developed and delivers a Sustainable Event Management course for Australian Centre for Event Management and is one of the main trainers delivering training in Sustainable Events and ISO 20121 in Australia.

Within the Events Industry Cameron is the Lead Sustainability Judge for the Australian Event Awards, and also for the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia. For a number of years Cameron was the environment industry judge for the National Local Government Awards in the Local Climate Change Action Category and also as a judge for the Keep Australia Beautiful Awards.

The Australian Sustainable Cities Awards are sponsored by

The Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Packaging Stewardship Forum. The Packaging Stewardship Forum of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, works with partners across the nation to deliver industry recycling, litter reduction and education programs on behalf of its members, Australia’s major beverage companies and their packaging suppliers. The Forum’s highly successful Do the Right Thing anti-litter campaign is recognised by more than 80% of people.  More than 400 towns and cities around Australia are now taking the Do the Right Thing message to their communities.

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