Australian Sustainable Cities judge on his way to Brimbank
Tuesday 9 September 2014
What: National Judge visit on site with Brimbank representatives, Jane Nathan Brimbank Environment and Department Council Administrator and school representatives
When: Wednesday 10 September 2014
Media call time: 10:30 – 11am
Location: Brimbank City Council’s Operations Centre Stadium Drive, Keilor
City of Brimbank representatives are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Keep Australia Beautiful national Sustainable Cities judge, Cameron Little, on Wednesday 10 September as it vies to become the 2014 winner of the Australian Sustainable Cities Awards.
As part of his judging tour, Cameron Little will visit a number of the key environmental projects and initiatives in Brimbank that earned the city the Victorian state winner’s title this year. Last year the title was held by Moreland.
According to Mr Little, “to be recognised on a national stage is quite the achievement for City of Brimbank. I can’t wait to see their winning projects first hand.”
One of the stand outs for Brimbank is the Teacher Environment Network (TEN), who works at primary schools to help educate students about environmental sustainability and show them how to incorporate sustainable actions at school and at home.
Also, the council is leading by example in its own operations with a significant reduction in water usage, reduced energy usage and the program ‘Green Sports’ to reduce water needs for council sports grounds.
Mr Little will evaluate these initiatives against the national awards criteria which encompasses environmental innovation and protection, resource recovery and waste management, water conservation and energy innovation, community action and partnerships, litter prevention, the protection of heritage and culture and a young legends category.
Keep Australia Beautiful National Chief Executive, Peter McLean said, “the Sustainable Cities program allows Australia to show case the best of the best, and provides outstanding examples of how cities around the nation are implementing practical projects that help local communities achieve an efficient and sustainable future.”
Other finalists already announced include Canberra Urban Honey, Australian Capital Territory; City of Manly, New South Wales; and Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania. Every state and territory will be participating this year, with the remainder soon to be revealed.
The existing Australian Sustainable Cities winner is City of Marion in South Australia, and this title will be passed onto the new 2014 winner at the awards event to be held there in November.
The Australian Sustainable Cities Awards encourage, motivate and celebrate the local sustainability achievements of urban communities across Australia, and have been running since 2007.
The Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Sustainable Cities Awards are sponsored by the Do The Right Thing program of the Australian Food and Grocery Council. Event sponsor is City of Marion.
For more information visit: kab.org.au
Media Contact: Ebonnie Lord
Phone : (03) 9249 4509
Judge Contact:Cameron Little
Mob: 0414 385 644 firstname.lastname@example.org
National Media Comment:Peter McLean, National Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful
Mob: 0416 227 158 email@example.com
National Media Contact: Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful Tel: (02) 8626 9396 firstname.lastname@example.org
About Keep Australia Beautiful: Keep Australia Beautiful is the national peak body on litter prevention. With more than 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, Australia’s Litter Action Plan and Keep Australia Beautiful Week in August.
The KAB National website is www.kab.org.au where all information on the organisation can be accessed including the National Litter Index, which is Australia’s only independent nation-wide litter research.