Currumbin wins Australian Clean Beaches Award 2013

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MEDIA RELEASE
Monday 18 November 2013
Media Contact Peter McLean
Phone 0416 227 158
Email peter@kab.org.au

Currumbin Clean Beach

Joel Hayes, BeachCare Coordinator, Griffith Centre for Coastal Management
Naomi Edwards, Coastal Community Engagement Officer, Griffith Centre for Coastal Management

The crowning of Currumbin as the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Clean Beach 2013 has been welcomed as a well-deserved win for the Queensland beach, which saw the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management accept the award at an event in the City of Cockburn, WA this morning.

Currumbin faces the challenge of managing a large number of tourists, and in Currumbin this is done in a way that keeps a strong sense of community at the heart of things. As well as keeping Currumbin Beach free of litter, there is a real sense that the Currumbin community, including through its clubs and businesses, is finding ways to respond to long-term issues of sustainability and environmental management and has strong intergenerational connection that allow preservation and growth of local traditions.

National Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful, Peter McLean said, “this is the time of year all Australians start to visit and engage with their beach communities. It’s pleasing to see so many of our beaches taking practical steps to manage our coastal environments. It’s a great opportunity to recognise all the state finalists excelling in best practice.”

Averil Bones, the National Clean Beaches Judge said “visiting the five national finalists and learning about all the fantastic work was a real privilege. I was really impressed by the time and effort contestants put into the submissions and site visits, and by the broad range of groups involved in keeping the beaches clean. In all of the five finalists, it was obvious that a special spirit emerges where a community has a strong and enduring connection to its local environment. I know that the beaches at Currumbin, Huskisson, Stanley, Holdfast Bay and Frankston will continue to be beautiful, vibrant and inspiring places to live and visit.”

The awards allow for coastal and waterways sustainability projects around Australia to come together to share best practice, success, as well as challenges. Following on from the awards event, finalists were invited to tour of the City of Cockburn, the 2012 Sustainable Cities title holder.

Special guest for the awards was Josh Byrne from Gardening Australia. Born in Esperance on the south coast of Western Australia, Josh spent his early childhood years surrounded by some of Australia’s best coast and bushland. He is an environmental scientist with a passion for sustainable gardening, appropriate technology and innovative environmental design.

Rick Burnett, CEO of Keep Queensland Beautiful said the win was fantastic recognition for the efforts of the local community and the Gold Coast City Council. “It shows how local effort can help build more awareness of the environment and our natural assets, and simultaneously provide another great opportunity for Queensland tourism.”

“We know we have great beaches, but this award reinforces to all of Australia, that we have the best beaches. I would like to thank the local volunteers in the beach-care groups, and all those committed local residents who take pride in keeping this wonderful beach and marine environment so well maintained and litter-free. People all over will recognise the name Currumbin for its world-acclaimed wildlife and bird sanctuary, and now they can be reminded of its adjacent and beautiful beach,” Mr Burnett went on to say.

Having gone head to head with four other beaches of excellence from around the country, Currumbin will hold onto their title until the 2014 awards. The City of Cockburn earned the right to host the 2013 Sustainable Cities and Clean Beaches event after taking out the Overall Australian Sustainable Cities title in Kogarah NSW, last year.

The Clean Beaches program award communities who actively work for a cleaner, more sustainable coastal environment. Awards are presented to volunteers, surf lifesaving clubs, local councils, and other community groups who implement initiatives that care for dunes, protect habitats, educate the community, reduce litter and support tourism.

Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Clean Beaches Awards Winners 2013

Category Winner
Overall Winner Currumbin, Queensland
Commendation – Community partnership working Huskisson, New South Wales
Commendation – Litter prevention and coastal rehabilitation Frankston, Victoria
Commendation – Community leadership and action Godfreys Beach, Tasmania
Commendation – Waste & recycling management Holdfast Bay, South Australia

ENDS

EDITOR’S NOTES:

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

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 Tel: 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.

About the Australian Clean Beaches Awards

These awards encourage, motivate and celebrate the achievements of coastal communities across Australia in caring for their beach or waterway. Each year state and territory winners are announced. Currently, judging is done by desktop. Keep Australia Beautiful is seeking sponsorship in able to provide field judging for this worthwhile program.

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 trophy

The Sustainable Cities and Clean Beaches 2013 trophies were hand carved and painted by Wez Champion of Loutky Puppets, using reclaimed wood. Wez’s workshop is in the same building as KABNA. Wez uses Czech carving techniques blended with Australian exotic woods and finishing techniques. He believes in a world where craftsmanship is priority, where individuality is an asset and a new standard of art is passionately created, passed on and treasured. The plaques were created by NPD The Print & Framing Gallery. http://www.loutkypuppets.com/

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