Rainbow Bay wins Heritage and Culture Award

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MEDIA RELEASE
Friday 18 July 2014
Media Contact Alice Morgan
Phone 0416 768 387
Email alice@kab.org.au

Rainbow Bay

Mena Tsikleas Friends of Rainbow Bay, Jann Stuckey Member for Currumbin, Kate Miller Friends of Rainbow Bay.

The Queensland beach Rainbow Bay have gone home today with the Heritage and Culture Award, won at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Clean Beaches Awards 2014. The event was held at Currumbin, Queensland this morning. The Overall Australian Clean Beaches win went to Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory.

Australian Clean Beaches judge Averil Bones said “one of the key elements that delivered Rainbow Bay the heritage and culture win was the rehabilitation centre for returned soldiers.”

A notable element of the community’s commitment to acknowledging and conserving its living history is the St George Returned Services Respite Centre. The Centre has been a place for rest and healing since World War II for servicemen and women in the armed forces and is one of the last such centres in Australia.

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

Ms Bones said “visiting the five national finalists and learning about all the fantastic work was a real privilege. I was really impressed by the time and effort contestants put into the submissions and site visits, and by the broad range of groups involved in keeping the beaches and waterways clean.”

National Chief Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful Peter McLean said “in all of the five finalists, it was obvious that a special spirit emerges where a community has a strong and enduring connection to its local environment. I know that the beaches at Whyalla, Raspins Beach, Nhulunbuy, Fingal Head and Rainbow Bay will continue to be beautiful, vibrant and inspiring places to live and visit.”

The awards event was followed by a tour of Currumbin, who were the 2013 Australian Clean Beaches winner.

Official event sponsor for the Australian Clean Beaches Awards 2014 is City of Gold Coast, and venue supporter Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club. Keep Australia Beautiful is seeking category sponsorship for this worthwhile program.

Australian Clean Beaches Category Awards 2014

Community Action and Partnerships Whyalla, South Australia
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory
Environmental Protection and Innovation Raspins Beach, Tasmania
Heritage and Culture Rainbow Bay, Queensland
Young Legends Fingal Head, New South Wales
Overall Winner Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory

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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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION GO TO kab.org.au/clean-beaches/

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