Richardsons Beach win Litter and Waste Award

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Friday 14 August 2014

 

 

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Richardsons Beach in Tasmania have gone home today with the Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention, Waste Management and Resource Recovery award, won at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Clean Beaches Awards 2015.

The Overall Australian Clean Beaches win went to Guilderton Western Australia, with Burleigh Beach in Queensland coming in at a close second.

The event was held in Darwin, hosted by Parliament House and welcomed by The Honourable Bess Price MLA; with last year’s winner Nhulunbuy handing over the iconic title.

Richardsons Beach won the Keep Australia Beautiful Tasmania, Sustainable Communities Clean Beaches state title in 2014, and it was this win that put them forward to compete for the National title for 2015.

Australian Clean Beaches judge Averil Bones said “the Parks and Wildlife Service Freycinet Visitor Centre is the reception for the campsites and the gateway for tourists visiting Richardsons Beach, and plays a key role in waste prevention.”

Richardsons outstanding litter prevention project included Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) looking to mitigate the waste issue and change behaviour to replace bottled water. A Water vending machine was installed into the visitor and they sold reusable bottles. In June 2011, PWS partnered with Vestal Water to have a custom made, ultra-violet filtration system installed to provide clean, tasty chilled, ambient or sparkling water.

“Since that time, over 20,000 PET bottles have been replaced with over 3,000 reusable, good quality drink bottles,” Ms Bones said.

Peter McLean, National Chief Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful said “it’s pleasing to see another year of high calibre National finalists from every corner of our amazing country.”

“Each finalist exhibited significant outcomes in a range of sustainability projects and activities. The National Clean Beaches program allows each of them to learn even more, so that they can continue to thrive as a community and achieve success on their sustainability journeys and in keeping Australia’s beaches and waterways clean.”

The awards event included the finalists meeting and networking at Mindil Markets on the Thursday evening, with presentations about their projects on the Friday morning at the Trailer Boat Club. This was followed by a tour of Darwin Foreshore.

The reception was held at Government House, hosted by His Honour the Honourable John Hardy OAM, Administrator of the Northern Territory and Mrs Marie Hardy.

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

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.

Australian Clean Beaches 2015 Winners Table

Category Winner
Community Action and Wellbeing

Port Julia

South Australia

Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention, Waste Management and Resource Recovery

Richardsons Beach

Tasmania

Heritage and Culture

Garig Gunak Barlu

National Park

Northern Territory

Environmental Sustainability

Bondi Beach

New South Wales

Young Legends

Burleigh Beach

Queensland

Environmental Education

Guilderton

Western Australia

Runner Up

Burleigh Beach

Queensland

Keep Australia Beautiful

Australian Clean Beaches winner 2015

Guilderton

Western Australia

 

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For further information please contact:

Judge Contact: Averil Bones Australian Clean Beaches judge Mob: 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 Manager, Keep Australia  Beautiful alice@kab.org.au  Mob: 0416 768 387

 

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