Guilderton win Australian Clean Beaches Awards 2015
Guilderton in Western Australia have gone home today with the iconic Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Clean Beaches Award for 2015. Burleigh Beach in Queensland came in at a close second.
Guilderton also took home the award for Environmental Education.
The event was held in Darwin, hosted by Parliament House and welcomed by The Honourable Bess Price MLA; with last year’s winner Nhulunbuy handing over the iconic title. The Hon Gary John Higgins MLA presented the overall award to Guilderton.
Guilderton won the Clean Beaches award in the Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA’s STAR Awards in 2014. It was this win that put them forward to compete for the National title for 2015.
Australian Clean Beaches judge Averil Bones said “the most exceptional element of environmental education that occurs in Guilderton is embodied in the community’s ongoing efforts to preserve the environmental values of the beach and estuary system.”
The condition of the dunes and beach, particularly given the huge influx of tourists and its unprotected status, is testament to the community’s appreciation of their unique environment and the importance of actively working to maintain it.
Northern Agricultural and Moore Catchment Councils hold regular Environmental Educational Days and Workshops, with the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos being a favourite.
“Guilderton residents participate in the Cocky Count and plant approximately 2,000 plant feed species for Carnaby’s each year,” Ms Bones said.
Peter McLean, National Chief Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful said “it’s pleasing to see another year of high calibre National finalists from every corner of our amazing country.”
“Each finalist exhibited significant outcomes in a range of sustainability projects and activities. The National Clean Beaches program allows each of them to learn even more, so that they can continue to thrive as a community and achieve success on their sustainability journeys and in keeping Australia’s beaches and waterways clean.”
The awards event included the finalists meeting and networking at Mindil Markets on the Thursday evening, with presentations about their projects on the Friday morning at the Trailer Boat Club. This was followed by a tour of Darwin Foreshore.
The reception was held at Government House, hosted by His Honour the Honourable John Hardy OAM, Administrator of the Northern Territory and Mrs Marie Hardy.
The Australian Clean Beaches Awards are sponsored by the Department for the Environment.
Through the Clean Beaches Awards Program, Keep Australia Beautiful share expert knowledge and experience to empower those who care about our beaches and waterways to actively work towards a cleaner, more sustainable marine environment.
Australian Clean Beaches 2015 Winners Table
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|Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention, Waste Management and Resource Recovery||
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Garig Gunak Barlu
New South Wales
Keep Australia Beautiful
Australian Clean Beaches winner 2015
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