Port Julia Clean Beach being judged tomorrow

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Monday 25 May 2015

 

 

 

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What: Australian Clean Beaches judge Averil Bones visiting Port Julia
When: 11.35am, Tuesday 26 May 2015
Where: Boat ramp
Who: Mayor and local councillor, meet school children near boat ramp 

Port Julia have proven themselves worthy to be the KESAB Sustainable Communities (Keep South Australia Beautiful) state Clean Beaches winner, now they will go head-to-head with five other national finalists around the country to vie for the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Clean Beaches Award 2015.

Representatives from Port Julia are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Keep Australia Beautiful National Clean Beaches judge, Averil Bones tomorrow.

As part of her judging tour, Ms Bones will experience firsthand a number of the key environmental projects and initiatives at Port Julia, which earned the coastal region the state title:

  • The Port Julia Progress Association (PJPA) has 130 members, consisting of locals and intrastate shack owners. A working bee is held every Tuesday, with attendance generally between 6-12 members, undertaking activities like weeding, watering, repairs, painting, and recycling. 10,000 indigenous plants have been planted over the past 8 years.
  • The PJPA manage a community recycling facility for deposit containers, scrap metal, cardboard and green organics (turned into free mulch for residents). Money earned is spent on community initiatives. This program is extremely productive and the PJPA devote a large proportion of their time to managing it.
  • Port Julia is a very water conscious town, as there is no mains water supply to Port Julia. All residents and buildings are reliant on rainwater. Households have between 30,000 and 100,000 litres of storage.
  • Most residential properties have solar panels which reduce greenhouse emissions. There is solar lighting on the jetty.
  • The Port Julia reef and surrounding coastline are significant for the Aboriginal population, once providing sustainable food sources such as native apricots and quandongs, and suitable locations for fish traps, with remnants still remaining.

The annual 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, rangers and other community groups who implement initiatives that care for dunes, waterways, protect habitats, educate the community, reduce litter, preserve and value culture and heritage, and support tourism.

Ms Bones, who is judging this awards program for the third year running said “there are so many reasons why Port Julia 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 their achievements first hand.”

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 Australian Clean Beaches 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 and territories.”

The current Australian Clean Beaches title holder is Nhulunbuy, in the top end near Gove, Northern Territory.  This iconic title will be passed onto the new 2015 winner at the Australian Clean Beaches Awards event to be held later this year.

Other Clean Beaches finalists include:

  • Richardsons Beach, Tasmania
  • Bondi Beach, New South Wales
  • Guilderton, Western Australia
  • Burleigh Heads, Queensland
  • Northern Territory (TBA)

Through the Clean Beaches Awards Program, Keep Australia Beautiful share expert knowledge and experience to empower those who care about our beaches to actively work towards a cleaner, more sustainable marine environment.

The Australian Clean Beaches Awards are sponsored by the Department for the Environment.

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For further information please contact:

Judge Contact:

Averil Bones Australian Clean Beaches judge 0437 864 153

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  Ph: 02 8626 9396

EDITOR’S NOTES:

About the Australian Clean Beaches Awards:

Clean Beaches is a fun, competitive program to help keep Australian beaches and shorelines litter free and sustainable. Launched in 1998, the competition challenges Australia’s communities to prove they have the nation’s cleanest beach. Hundreds of beaches and shores enter this competition every year.

Clean Beaches takes a whole of community approach and covers many elements of community life. When all the community entities are working well together, to best manage their beach environment, it is often reflected in Clean Beaches success.

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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