Australian Sustainable Cities judge on his way to Brisbane
Wednesday 8 October 2014
Brisbane City Council representatives are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Keep Australia Beautiful national Sustainable Cities judge, Cameron Little, on Thursday 9 October 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 Brisbane that earned the city the Queensland state winner’s title this year. This is the second consecutive year that Brisbane has been a finalist. Last year they took home the Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention award.
According to Mr Little, “to be recognised on a national stage is quite the achievement for Brisbane City Council. I can’t wait to see their winning projects first hand.”
As part of Council’s waste minimisation, their team is working as a Healthy Waterways partner in the regional behaviour change program that is campaigning for increased use of reusable water bottles rather than single-use bottle that pollute our land, rivers and bay, or end up in landfill. This program has conducted extensive behaviour change research and provides education and free water refill stations for community events.
Brisbane also has an extensive waste minimisation program that it delivers to schools in an effort to reduce waste, increase resource recovery and promote environmental awareness.
Dedicated Education Officers deliver hundreds of lessons to school groups each year, and help to implement waste management plans in schools.
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.”
Every state and territory will be participating this year, and the other finalists are:
- Brimbank City Council, Victoria
- City of Bunbury, Western Australia
- Canberra Urban Honey, Australian Capital Territory
- Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania
- City of Holdfast Bay, South Australia
- City of Manly, New South Wales
- City of Palmerston, Northern Territory.
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 on 28 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 Australian Packaging Covenant. The principal event sponsor is City of Marion, the 2013 Australian Sustainable Cities Winner. Thank you to our other event sponsors, TAFE South Australia and Solar Bins Australia.
For more information visit: kab.org.au
Media Contact: Nicole Freeman
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National Media Comment:
Peter McLean, National Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful
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National Media Contact:
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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, Adopt a Patch, 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.