Richardsons Clean Beaches judging
Thursday 28 May 2015
What: Australian Clean Beaches judge Averil Bones visiting Richardsons Beach
When: 11.45am, Tuesday 2 June 2015
Where: Parks and Wildlife Service led walk along Richardsons Beach
Who: Invited delegates: Mayor Michael Kent AM, Councillor Bertrand Cadart
Richardsons Beach have proven themselves worthy to be the Keep Australia Beautiful Tasmania 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 Richardsons Beach are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Keep Australia Beautiful National Clean Beaches judge, Averil Bones on Tuesday 2 June.
As part of her judging tour, Ms Bones will experience firsthand a number of the key environmental projects and initiatives at Richardsons Beach, which earned the coastal region the state title:
- Ms Bones will learn about the Freycinet Challenge – an annual event attracting 530 competitors and up to 1500 spectators, that utilise the beach and surrounds for running, cycling and kayaking portions of the event.
- Meet The Friends of Freycinet, consisting of approximately 50 members, who undertake regular working bees at Freycinet National Park. Works include campsite maintenance, fire abatement, weed removal, infrastructure maintenance and rubbish removal.
- Meet the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) Freycinet Visitor Centre service team, and learn about their environmental messages, with the removal of the sale of bottled water, which was consuming over 5,000 PET bottles each summer. They installed a leased ultra-violet purification water dispenser through Tasmanian company, Vestal Water, for refillable bottles.
- The annual summer PWS Discovery Ranger Program, ‘Share the Wonder’ of the flora, fauna, heritage and geoheritage held 27 formal activities, and 23 roving sessions during the season. Participants included nearly 50 per cent Tasmanians, 45 per cent interstate visitors, and 5 per cent international visitors. 1,434 participants took part in the program.
- Litter signage is multi lingual for tourists.
- Waste water is managed locally with sewerage maceration, biological breakdown and settlement ponds. Waste is then managed onsite with on-ground distribution, avoiding point source ocean outfall.
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 Richardsons Beach has been chosen as the Tasmanian 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:
- Port Julia, Yorke Peninsula , South Australia
- 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.
For further information please contact:
Averil Bones Australian Clean Beaches judge 0437 864 153
National Media Comment:
Peter McLean, National Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful email@example.com Mob: 0416 227 158
National Media Contact:
Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 02 8626 9396
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.