Kalgoorlie-Boulder bid for Australian Sustainable Cities title

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Tuesday 20 October 2015

 

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Australia’s largest outback city, Kalgoorlie-Boulder was visited by the national Keep Australia Beautiful, Sustainable Cities judge Sean Rooney last week with the hope of being named Australia’s sustainable city.

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder boasts being a vibrant and sustainable regional city with a strong culture of community engagement showcased by its many active community groups and partnerships between them.

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 learnt about the following initiatives:

  • Oasis Alternative Energy Systems, a ground source heat pump system using a world-first combination of vertical and horizontal ground heat exchangers combined with solar thermal matting and a 135kW solar PV system to reduce natural gas consumption on site by over 70% and CO2 emissions by 216 tonnes per year.
  • Low revolution wind turbine technology with the use of a laser wind monitoring unit, which would offset 100% of the City’s electricity consumption and be paid back within 10 years.
  • The South Boulder Wastewater Treatment Plant that runs public tours throughout the year to school groups to educate children on the importance of water conservation and how the City utilizes water treatment techniques to provide parks and reserves across town for use by the community.
  • The Kalgoorlie Golf Course which exclusively uses treated effluent and storm water for irrigation, saving the equivalent of 80 Olympic sized swimming pools of tap water.
  • The iconic Golden Mile Loopline rail line to be restored in the coming years with sixteen kilometres of track to be laid between Kalgoorlie and Boulder.
  • Karlkurla Park and the Kalgoorlie Arboretum in the Adopt-A-Spot program that has engaged skillhire, work for the dole, disability workers and prisoners to help maintain these iconic areas.

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder was named the Keep Australia Beautiful WA representative, and will now vie for the national title against five other finalists:

  • Canberra Ornithological Group, Australian Capital Territory
  • Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania
  • Frankston City Council, Victoria
  • Brisbane City Council, Queensland
  • City of Canada Bay, New South Wales.

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 ground, but equally important it allows our experts to give feedback to participants, and share that best practice information with others.”

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.

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 new 2015 winner at the awards event to be held there on 13 November.

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Editors notes:

For more information visit: kab.org.au

Judge Contact:

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

Finalist Contact:

Maureen Keegan, PR Coordinator, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder | (08) 9021 9651 | 0408 921 269 | Maureen.Keegan@ckb.wa.gov.au

National Media Contact:

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

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