Australian Sustainable Cities judge on his way to Palmerston

Tuesday 9 September 2014



What: National Judge visit on site with Mayor Ian Abbott JP and CEO Ricki Bruhn of City of Palmerston
When: Thursday 11 September 2014
Media call time: 12.30pm
Location: Council Chambers – Civic Plaza cnr University Ave & Chung Wah Tce

The submission is in for City of Palmerston, who are representing the Northern Territory in the Australian Sustainable Cities Awards 2014.  In eager anticipation, national Sustainable Cities judge Cameron Little will arrive on Thursday 11 September to put the city under a microscope, as it vies to become the 2014 winner of the prestigious award.

As part of his judging tour, Cameron Little will visit a number of the key environmental projects and initiatives in Palmerston that earned the city the Northern Territory winner’s title this year.

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

The City of Palmerston’s reputation is growing each year as it continues to achieve greater sustainability goals within the organisation and within the local and regional community.

Importantly Council’s first Sustainability Strategy 2013-2018: At Work – In the Community, was adopted late 2013 and is already making headway, matching the actions within the strategy.

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; City of Brimbank, Victoria; 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:


Media Contact:            Samantha Abdic
Phone :                            0419 824 731

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 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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