Glenorchy bid for Australian Sustainable Cities title

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MEDIA RELEASE
Thursday 29 October 2015

Austin's Cottage

Austin’s Cottage

Moonah Arts Centre

Moonah Arts Centre

Windemere Park

Windemere Park

With the hope of being named Australia’s sustainable city, City of Glenorchy was visited by the national Keep Australia Beautiful, Sustainable Cities judge Sean Rooney earlier this week.

Sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant the Australian Sustainable Cities Awards encourage, motivate and celebrate the local sustainability achievements of urban communities across Australia, and have been running since 2007.

Mr Rooney said he was impressed with the Keep Australia Beautiful Tasmanian Sustainable Cities finalist, and being given the opportunity to review their projects as part of their National submission.

Mr Rooney said, “It is always an honour and pleasure to be able to recognise and promote the work that many dedicated individuals and communities are undertaking to continuously improve social and environment development within their own cities.”

Mr Rooney compiled judging scores with a field trip to see the Windermere Bay Playground, Golden Years Club – Go Movement, the Tolosa Park – Community leisure park and Cycling and Skate Park Hub, Mountain Bike Park, KGV Sport & Community Precinct and YMCA among other initiatives.

Mr Rooney also learnt about the ongoing management of waste within the community providing a number of preventative measures and services; the stage 1 completion of the Derwent Park Stormwater Reuse project, which will save about 476 mega litres of water a year; as well as one of 356 heritage listed places, Austin’s Cottage.

Keep Australia Beautiful National Chief Executive Officer Philip Robinson 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 the ground, but equally important it allows our experts to give feedback to participants, and share that best practice information with others.”

As the overall state winner in the Tasmanian Sustainable Cities Awards, City of Glenorchy will now vie for the national title against five other finalists:

  • Canberra Ornithological Group, Tasmania
  • Frankston City Council, Victoria
  • Brisbane City Council, Queensland
  • City of Canada Bay, New South Wales
  • City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia.

The national Sustainable Cities judging takes place all this month, to then decide on the overall Australian winner. The existing Australian Sustainable Cities title is held by Brisbane City Council in Queensland, and will be passed onto the 2015 winner at the awards event to be held there on 13 November.

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Editors notes:

 Judge Contact:

Sean Rooney | 0422 161 410 | seanrooney@capitalexecutives.com.au

Finalist Contact:

Len Yeats, Sport & Recreation Development Officer | 03 62166394 | lyeats@gcc.tas.gov.au

National Media Contact:

Alice Morgan, Communications Manager, Keep Australia Beautiful | 02 8626 9396 | alice@kab.org.au

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