Huskisson Beach Judgement Day is coming

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MEDIA RELEASE
Tuesday 10 September 2013
Media Contact Gary Helton
Phone 0458 002 874

 

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY:

What: National Judge visit on site with Huskisson representatives and VIP’s
When: Thursday 12 September 2013
Media call time: 10am with a 10:15am media op
Location: Shelter Shed, Beach Street, Huskisson at the entrance to Huskisson beach Caravan park.

Huskisson Beach, the winner of the NSW Clean Beaches Awards 2012 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, on Thursday 12 September.

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 Huskisson that earned the beach the NSW state winner’s title for 2012.

According to Ms Bones, “Huskisson have a great track record when it comes to litter prevention, management and education. They were the first mainland Plastic Bag Free town in Australia. Volunteers in their local community collect and remove waste daily, as they walk, ride a bike or take their dog for a walk in these areas. And it’s this sort of positive behaviour that encourages others.”

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.

“There are so many reasons why Huskisson has been chosen as the New South Wales 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.

Peter McLean, National Executive Officer for Keep Australia Beautiful said that “each finalist 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 existing Australian Clean Beaches winner is Goolwa in South Australia, and this title will be passed onto the new 2013 winner at the Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities 2013 event to be held in November.

Finalists announced so far include Godfrey’s Beach in Tasmania, Currumbin in Queensland, and Frankston foreshore in Victoria.

ENDS

EDITOR’S NOTES:

For further information about the judge’s visit, please contact:

Judge Contact: Averil Bones averilbones@gmail.com Mob: 0437 864 153

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.

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.

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