Port Julia going to National Clean Beaches Awards

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MEDIA RELEASE
Wednesday 29 July 2015

 

What:Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Clean Beaches Awards 2015
When: Friday 14 August 2015
Media call time: 4.15 pm, overall announcement 4.30pm
Location: Parliament House, Mitchell Street, State Square, Darwin

The community of Port Julia have proven they are the South Australian Sustainable Communities Clean Beaches winner, and now their environmental efforts have put them in the running for this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Clean Beaches awards.

Representatives from the beach will be heading all the way to Darwin on 14 August in the hope of taking home the National title.

The current Australian Clean Beaches title holder is Nhulunbuy, in the top end near Gove, Northern Territory.

Port Julia had the chance to showcase their environmental projects and initiatives to the national Clean Beaches judge, Averil Bones in May.

Ms Bones, who is judging this awards program for the third year running said “for a small community, Port Julia certainly packs a punch when it comes to working together to protect their beautiful beach.”

“They have created a fantastic array of amenities for locals and tourists alike. The Port Julia Progress Association, working in close partnership with the York Peninsula Council, has done so much to improve local tracks and walkways, manage the local campground, control weeds, protect local wildlife, and educate young people who visit the beach. As the first site in this year’s national judging tour, Port Julia has set the bar very high indeed.”

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.”

Other Clean Beaches finalists include:

  • Richardsons Beach, Tasmania
  • Burleigh Beach, Queensland
  • Guilderton, Western Australia
  • Bondi Beach, New South Wales
  • Garig Gunak Barlu National Park, Northern Territory

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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