Holdfast Bay aiming for a win at National awards

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MEDIA RELEASE
Friday 1 November 2013
Media Contact Peter McLean
Phone 0416 227 158
Email peter@kab.org.au

 

Reigning state champion Holdfast Bay will be representing South Australia in two weeks time at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities and Clean Beaches Awards 2013. They are competing against four other finalists from around the country for the title of Overall Australian Clean Beach, which will be announced on Monday 18 November in the City of Cockburn, WA.

The current Australian Clean Beaches title holder is Goolwa in South Australia, which will be passed onto the new 2013 winner at the event. The City of Cockburn earned the right to host the event after taking out the Overall Australian Sustainable Cities title in Kogarah NSW, last year.

Special guest will be 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.

Peter McLean, National Executive Officer for Keep Australia Beautiful said that “each of the National finalists 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.”

According to Averil Bones, the National Clean Beaches judge, “recently the City of Holdfast Bay declared the first smoke free public space – being Moseley Square at Glenelg. They also have a very active and successful volunteer program and participate in community events such as National Tree Day, planting days and weeding days along the sand dunes. It attracts approximately 50 community members, volunteers, school groups and local businesses each year to help rehabilitate the coastal ecosystem by planting approximately 1500 indigenous coastal trees and shrubs in the dune system.”

The Clean Beaches making a splash are:

  • Currumbin QLD
  • Godfreys Beach TAS
  • Frankston VIC
  • Holdfast Bay SA
  • Huskisson NSW

The awards categories up for grabs:

  • Community partnership working
  • Litter prevention and coastal rehabilitation
  • Community leadership and action
  • Waste & recycling management
  • Overall Australian Clean Beaches 2013

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.

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

Mob: 0416 227 158 peter@kab.org.au

National Media Contact:           Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful

Ph: 02 8626 9396 alice@kab.org.au

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.

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