Frankston recognised as litter leader

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

Frankston litter

Robert Thomas, Chairman, Keep Australia Beautiful
Lee Halkias, Foreshore & Natural Reserve Coordinator, Frankston City Council

Frankston, Victoria has been commended with Litter prevention and coastal rehabilitation at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities and Clean Beaches Awards 2013. The event was held in the City of Cockburn, WA this morning. The Overall Australian Clean Beaches award went to Currumbin, Queensland.

On Tree Day, seventy volunteers of all ages braved the cold, windy conditions to help Council rangers plant 1300 shrubs, grasses and trees. This dune area suffers the effects of erosion due to its exposed and harsh location directly in line with westerly winds off the bay.

The Council and community’s approach to litter management on the Foreshore has resulted in a significant decrease in the litter collected on the foreshore with over 100 cubic metres less litter collected over the past two summers than in previous years.

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.”

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.”

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.

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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