Australian Sustainable Cities judge on his way to Canberra

Thursday 9 October 2014


Canberra Urban Honey and its 18 year old Director Mitchell Pearce are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Keep Australia Beautiful national Sustainable Cities judge, Cameron Little, on Friday 10 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 from Canberra Urban Honey, that earned the not-for-profit self-supporting business, the capital territory winner’s title this year. Last year, this was held by the Canberra Indian Myna Action Group.

According to Mr Little, “to be recognised on a national stage is quite the achievement for Canberra Urban Honey. I can’t wait to see their winning projects first hand.”

Canberra Urban Honey continues to address the reduction in Canberra’s bee population. Mitchell and his dedicated team make significant contributions toward a sustainable community by the innovation, development, establishment and continued maintenance of micro-apiary’s throughout Canberra. Canberra Urban Honey works with members of the public and various businesses to create Hive Hosts.

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
  • Brisbane City Council, Queensland
  • City of Bunbury, Western Australia
  • 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:



Media Contact: Mitchell Pearce
Phone: 0438 749 998

Judge Contact: Cameron Little
Mob: 0414 385 644

National Media Comment:
Peter McLean, National Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful
Mob: 0416 227 158

National Media Contact:
Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful
Tel: (02) 8626 9396

About Sustainable Cities  About Cameron Little

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

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