Launceston takes two wins at Australian Sustainable Cities Awards 2013

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MEDIA RELEASE
Monday 18 November 2013
Media Contact Peter McLean
Phone 0416 227 158
Email peter@kab.org.au

Launceston Community

Chris Jeffreys, GM, Packaging Stewardship Forum of the Australian Food & Grocery Council
Denise Crosbie, Wetlands Officer, Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre
Tammy Edmunds, Volunteer and Interpretation Officer – Parks & Recreation, Launceston City Council
Barrie Muir, Keep Australia Beautiful Tasmania

The Tasmanian city of Launceston has been crowned with Community Action and Partnerships at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities Awards 2013. The event was held in the City of Cockburn, WA this morning.

The Award recognises Launceston for the high level of community and other stakeholder partnership. This was irrespective of the projects being reviewed – whether it was energy related, water related, waste related, or youth related. The city of Launceston, its groups and volunteers were unequivocal that they were a strong and engaged community that demonstrates a strong participation ethic.

The City of Launceston and its residents value the unique and diverse environment and show a willingness to build community capacity and to help one another. Their residents take pride in the city’s surroundings and value building effective partnerships that create an inclusive community. This is demonstrated through volunteer programs such as Friends of groups and local events such as Harvest Farmers Market and regional events such as Symphony Under the Stars, Festivale and Junction Arts Festival.

The City also took home the Highly Commended Energy Innovation award for the City Council’s Sustainability Strategy which sets out targets for energy and greenhouse gas emissions. The strategy contains actions designed to reduce energy consumption in Council facilities so targets are met. One of the main focus areas has been the energy consumed by Council buildings and facilities.  In total there has been energy savings of 1,167,000 kWh per year across all Council facilities and a greenhouse gas emission reduction of 386 tonnes CO2_e.

National Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful, Peter McLean said, “it’s pleasing to see another year of high calibre National finalists. Each finalist exhibited strong innovation and partnerships which contributed to outstanding community sustainability outcomes.”

Cameron Little, the National Sustainable Cities Judge said “these awards form part of an incredibly powerful project and impressive amount of community involvement goes into them. It was difficult to separate the top two or three finalists.”

The awards allow for the leading lights of sustainability in Australia to come together to share best practice, success, as well as challenges. During the event, each finalist was allocated time to present their project, followed by a tour of the City of Cockburn, the 2012 Sustainable Cities title holder.

Special guest for the awards was 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.

“The Sustainable Cities Awards are highly regarded by local councils across Australia, to achieve national Sustainable Cities title for the year is coveted and held in high esteem. The  Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities program provides a platform for councils to showcase their achievements not only locally, but state wide with the potential to show case across Australia” said Chris Jeffreys General Manager of the Australian Food & Grocery Councils Packaging Stewardship Forum.  “We are proud to be long term sponsors of Keep Australia Beautiful and congratulate the 2013 award winners and all councils who have entered the awards program.”

The Overall Australian Sustainable City for 2013 went to the City of Marion, South Australia. They will hold onto their title until the 2014 awards to be held at an unconfirmed location. The City of Cockburn earned the right to host the 2013 event after taking out the Overall Australian title in Kogarah NSW, last year.

The Australian Sustainable Cities Awards encourage, motivate and celebrate the local sustainability achievements of urban communities across Australia.

Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Sustainable Cities Awards Winners 2013

Category Winner Highly Commended Sponsor
Overall Winner City of Marion, South Australia
Community Action and Partnerships Launceston, Tasmania PSF
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Brisbane City Council, Queensland City of Swan, Western Australia PSF
Resource Recovery and Waste Management City of Swan, Western Australia PSF
Environmental Innovation and Protection Canberra Indian Myna Action Group, Australian Capital Territory City of Marion, South Australia
Water Conservation City of Canada Bay, New South Wales City of Marion, South Australia
Energy Innovation City of Moreland, Victoria Launceston, Tasmania
Heritage and Culture City of Marion, South Australia City of Canada Bay, New South Wales
Young Legends City of Marion, South Australia City of Canada Bay, New South Wales

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

National Media Contact: Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful alice@kab.org.au Tel: 02 8626 9396

About the Australian Sustainable Communities Awards

Keep Australia Beautiful seeks to lead, challenge and inspire all Australians to strive for a sustainable and litter free environment. It does this through research, communications programs and awards programs.

Its national awards are known as the Australian Sustainable Communities Awards which consist of the Tidy Towns, Sustainable Cities, and Clean Beaches Awards. Each awards program commences with state and territory awards and culminates in a national Grand Final event.

The Sustainable Cities Awards are open to metropolitan communities. Our major cities are home to 77% of the Australian population, and have absorbed 80% of the population growth over the last 40 years. They are heavily exposed to the impacts of climate change. While our cities are among the most liveable in the world, they lag behind on some aspects of sustainability when it comes to energy consumption, car dependence and equity, with a stark and growing divide between the opportunities available to residents of the inner suburbs and those available to residents in outer urban areas.

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.

The Australian Sustainable Cities Awards are sponsored by

The Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Packaging Stewardship Forum. The Packaging Stewardship Forum of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, works with partners across the nation to deliver industry recycling, litter reduction and education programs on behalf of its members, Australia’s major beverage companies and their packaging suppliers. The Forum’s highly successful Do the Right Thing anti-litter campaign is recognised by more than 80% of people. More than 400 towns and cities around Australia are now taking the Do the Right Thing message to their communities.

About trophy

The Sustainable Cities and Clean Beaches 2013 trophies were hand carved and painted by Wez Champion of Loutky Puppets, using reclaimed wood. Wez’s workshop is in the same building as KABNA. Wez uses Czech carving techniques blended with Australian exotic woods and finishing techniques. He believes in a world where craftsmanship is priority, where individuality is an asset and a new standard of art is passionately created, passed on and treasured. The plaques were created by NPD The Print & Framing Gallery. http://www.loutkypuppets.com/

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