City of Moreland in running for National Award

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MEDIA RELEASE
Monday 26 August 2013
Media Contact Carlos Ibarra
Phone 0407 556 101
Email cibarra@moreland.vic.gov.au

Merlynston Residents planting local park

Merlynston Residents planting local park

City of Moreland, the winner of the Victorian Sustainable Cities Awards 2013 have proven they are the finalist for the state, and will now go head-to-head with six other finalists from around the country to vie for the Australian Sustainable City. Representatives are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Keep Australia Beautiful national Sustainable Cities judge, Cameron Little, on Thursday 29 August.

As part of his judging tour, Cameron Little will visit a number of the key environmental projects and initiatives in City of Moreland that earned the city the Victorian state winner’s title for 2013.

Mr Little will evaluate these 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.

According to Mr Little, “the range of innovative programs such as Zero Carbon Moreland, saw over 4,000 residents, business and community groups taking action to reduce carbon emissions. The residential bulk buy scheme saw 72 solar panels, 11 hot water services and 7 electric bikes purchased. And building on these positive lessons Moreland are now providing leadership to communities outside the city through an advice, inspiration and referral program that will increase the take-up of energy efficiency products.”

“There are so many reasons why City of Moreland has been chosen as the Victorian winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities program and therefore they will be very competitive when the national judging takes place. I can’t wait to visit and see all these achievements first hand,” said Mr Little.

Peter McLean, National Executive Officer for Keep Australia Beautiful said that “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.”

The National Sustainable Cities judging takes place over the next few months to decide on the overall Australian winner. The existing Australian Sustainable Cities winner is The City of Cockburn in WA and this title will be passed onto the new 2013 winner at an event to be held in November.

Finalists already announced include City of Canada Bay in New South Wales, Launceston in Tasmania, the Canberra Indian Myna Action Group in the Capital Territory, and Brisbane City Council in Queensland. The remaining two finalists from South Australia and Western Australia are yet to be announced.

The Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Sustainable Cities Awards are sponsored by the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Packaging Stewardship Forum.

EDITOR’S NOTES:

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

Judge Contact: Cameron Little 0414385644 cameron@sustainabilitysystems.com.au

National Media Comment: Peter McLean, National Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful peter@kab.org.au   0416 227 158

National Media Contact: Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful alice@kab.org.au   0416 768 387

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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