Holdfast Bay in running for National Award
6am Monday 16 September 2013
Media Contact John Phillips
Phone 0413 877 875
Holdfast Bay, the winner of the South Australian Clean Beaches Awards 2013 have proven they are the finalist for the state, and will now go head-to-head with four other state finalists from around the country to vie for the Australian Clean Beach 2013. Representatives are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Keep Australia Beautiful national Clean Beaches judge, Averil Bones today.
The Clean Beaches program award communities who actively work for a cleaner, more sustainable coastal environment. Awards are presented to local councils, volunteers, surf lifesaving clubs and other community groups who implement initiatives that care for dunes, waterways, protect habitats, educate the community, reduce litter and support tourism.
As part of her judging tour, Averil Bones will visit a number of the key environmental projects and initiatives at Holdfast Bay that earned the beach the KESAB environmental solutions Clean Beach Awards title for 2013.
According to Ms Bones, “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.”
With the help of Keep Australia Beautiful funding, Council will also be installing public recycling bins in Glenelg and Brighton. This will work alongside the waste bins, dog poo bag dispensers and butt out bins for cigarettes which are provided to minimise litter in public spaces.
“There are so many reasons why Holdfast Bay has been chosen as the South Australian winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beaches program and therefore they will be very competitive when the national judging takes place. I can’t wait to visit and see all these achievements first hand,” said Ms Bones.
Ms Bones will evaluate these initiatives against the national awards criteria which include community action and partnerships, litter prevention, resource recovery and waste management, environmental innovation and protection, water conservation, energy innovation, heritage and culture, and a youth participation and engagement award which are all individually given scores out of 100.
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.”
The National Clean Beaches judging takes place over the month of September to decide on the overall Australian winner. The current Australian Clean Beaches title holder is Goolwa in South Australia, which will be passed onto the new 2013 winner at the Australian Sustainable Cities Awards event to be held in WA on 18 November.
Other clean Beaches finalists include Huskisson in NSW, Currumbin in Queensland, Frankston foreshore in Victoria, and Godfrey’s Beach in Tasmania.
For further information about the judge’s visit, please contact:
Judge Contact: Averil Bones Mob: 0437 864 153 firstname.lastname@example.org
National Media Comment: Peter McLean, National Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful email@example.com Mob: 0416 227 158
National Media Contact: Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 02 8626 9396
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 the judge – Averil Bones
Averil Bones has worked as an environmental activist for over ten years, including with WWF-Australia and Humane Society International. She has served on a range of committees and boards including the NSW Government’s Natural Resources Advisory Council and the Prime Minister’s Roundtable on Water Reform. She has participated as a volunteer in a wide range of community projects, for example the Australian Humpback Whale Survey and turtle population surveys on Australia’s east and west coasts.
Averil is an active member of her local community garden, and has recently completed work with the Commonwealth Government developing inter-jurisdictional climate change adaptation policy. She holds a Bachelor degree in Communication and a Masters degree in Political Economy.