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Tuesday 16 June 2015



Residents, community based organisations, schools, businesses and local government agencies achieving sustainability across the territory have been encouraged to apply for the Keep Australia Beautiful ACT Sustainable Cities Awards.

These awards have been running since 2005 in the ACT, and 2007 nationally. The territory winner announced in August will go on to represent the ACT in the Australian Sustainable Cities Awards in November 2015.

National Chief Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful, Peter McLean has urged all ACT sustainability programs to enter, saying “the awards recognise and celebrate everyday actions taken by Canberra’s communities to improve, maintain and sustain their local environments.”

“Feeding into the National program will allow the winner to learn even more from leading projects in other States,” Mr McLean went on to say.

Last years’ winner Mitchell Pearce of Canberra Urban Honey said “being a part of the Sustainable Cities Awards has been an inspiring experience. There is so much positive sustainability work being done in our region of Canberra.”

“It’s incredibly fulfilling to have bees and their role as pollinators in sustainable cities recognised.  Thank you to everyone who is helping to make Canberra Urban Honey a success – we really are making a difference,” Mr Pearce went on to say.

The categories include:

Community Action and Wellbeing
Young Legends
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention, Waste Management & Resource Recovery
Environmental Sustainability (3 Awards)
Sustainable Water
Energy Innovation
Nature Conservation
Heritage and Culture
Environmental Education.

Patron of the ACT Sustainable Cities Awards, Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA said “We’re making significant progress in building a more sustainable future for Canberra.”

“These awards recognise this partnership and provide an excellent opportunity for the efforts of our local community groups, businesses, industry and government to be recognised in their work towards achieving a sustainable future for Canberra.”

The Keep Australia Beautiful ACT Sustainable Cities Awards are an initiative of Keep Australia Beautiful National, sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant; Thought Leadership sponsor Icon Water; and the department of the Environment and Sustainable Development of the ACT.

Entries can be made online by visiting and close this Friday 19 June 2015.


Media Comment: Peter McLean KAB CEO 0416 227 158

Media Contact: Alice Morgan KAB Communications 02 8626 9396


About Keep Australia Beautiful

Keep Australia Beautiful is the national peak body on litter prevention. With over four decades of experience in engaging Australians to care for their local environments, (not to be confused with the organisation Clean Up Australia Day) KAB Programs include Sustainable Cities, Tidy Towns, Clean Beaches, National Litter Index, Eco-Schools, Adopt a Patch, and Keep Australia Beautiful Week.

The KAB National website is where all information on the organisation can be accessed including the National Litter Index which is Australia’s only independent nation-wide litter research.

The ACT Sustainable Cities Awards are sponsored by:

The Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) is a sustainable packaging initiative which aims to change the culture of business to design more sustainable packaging, increase recycling rates and reduce packaging litter. It is an agreement between government, industry and community groups to find and fund solutions to address packaging sustainability issues. Currently over 900 organisations are signatories to the APC.

The Environment and Planning Directorate of the ACT plays a critical role in delivering the government’s commitment to a sustainable future. Through this portfolio, the Government will provide the leadership required to address climate change, to stimulate the growth of the green economy, to encourage innovation and investment in renewable energy and to protect and conserve our environment and water resources.

Patron of the ACT Sustainable Cities Awards, Andrew Barr MLA Chief Minister

“It gives me great pleasure to accept the role of Patron of the Keep Australia Beautiful ACT Sustainable Cities Awards.

We’re making significant progress in building a more sustainable future for Canberra. The ACT Government’s policies and programs will protect our lifestyle as well as the environment we all value so highly.”

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