Raspins Beach wins Environmental Protection and Innovation

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

2014 Clean Beaches Awards

Raspins Beach in Tasmania have gone home today with the Environmental Protection and Innovation 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.

The most outstanding element of the environmental work that has been undertaken at Raspins Beach is the successful investment in erosion control and re-vegetation. Extensive erosion of the beach in the past caused the loss of the site’s picnic tables, fences and foreshore vegetation.

Australian Clean Beaches judge Averil Bones said “the local community, including the Orford Community Group, were vital in providing momentum for the stability of the beach.”

Features include soft landscaping, low posts, rocks and logs to define parking, beach access, walking tracks, native plants, and protected habitat for threatened species.

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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