Bondi Beach an Australian Clean Beaches finalist

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MEDIA RELEASE
Thursday 14 May 2015

 

 

 

Bondi Beach have proven themselves worthy to be the Keep New South Wales Beautiful state Clean Beaches winner, now they will go head-to-head with five other national finalists around the country to vie for the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Clean Beaches Award 2015.

Representatives from Bondi Beach are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Keep Australia Beautiful National Clean Beaches judge, Averil Bones on Friday 5 June 2015.

As part of her judging tour, Ms Bones will experience firsthand a number of the key environmental projects and initiatives at Bondi Beach, which earned the coastal region the state title:

  • Bondi was awarded the title on the merit of several projects to deliver vital infrastructure, education campaigns and programs, and provision of support for local initiatives to maintain the natural beauty of Bondi Beach.
  • Keep NSW Beautiful’s Bondi Assessor for Clean Beaches described the efforts to keep NSW’s most iconic beach environmentally sustainable as ‘Herculean’, and commended the strategic management that the number of visitors and unique status of the beach requires.
  • Projects included the Bondi Stormwater Harvesting System, energy efficiency retrofits at the Bondi Pavilion which cut energy use by 50%, partnership with local Bushcare groups to protect remnant vegetation, environmental grants to support local community groups and Waverley Council’s Ranger service which monitors behaviour on the beach.

The annual Clean Beaches program award communities who actively work for a cleaner, more sustainable coastal environment. Awards are presented to local councils, volunteers, surf lifesaving clubs, rangers and other community groups who implement initiatives that care for dunes, waterways, protect habitats, educate the community, reduce litter, preserve and value culture and heritage, and support tourism.

Ms Bones, who is judging this awards program for the third year running said “there are so many reasons why Bondi has been chosen as the New South Wales winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beaches program and therefore they will be very competitive when the national judging takes place. I can’t wait to visit and see all their achievements first hand.”

Ms Bones will evaluate these initiatives against the national awards criteria which include community action and partnerships, litter prevention, resource recovery and waste management, environmental innovation and protection, water conservation, energy innovation, heritage and culture, and a youth participation and engagement award which are all individually given scores out of 100.

Peter McLean, National Executive Officer for Keep Australia Beautiful said that “each of the Australian Clean Beaches finalists has demonstrated significant outcomes in a range of sustainability projects and activities and the national program allows each of them to learn even more from leading projects in other states and territories.”

The current Australian Clean Beaches title holder is Nhulunbuy, in the top end near Gove, Northern Territory.  This iconic title will be passed onto the new 2015 winner at the Australian Clean Beaches Awards event to be held later this year.

Other Clean Beaches finalists include:

  • Richardsons Beach, Tasmania
  • Port Julia, Yorke Peninsula , South Australia
  • Guilderton, Western Australia
  • Burleigh Heads, Queensland
  • Northern Territory (TBA)

Through the Clean Beaches Awards Program, Keep Australia Beautiful share expert knowledge and experience to empower those who care about our beaches to actively work towards a cleaner, more sustainable marine environment.

The Australian Clean Beaches Awards are sponsored by the Department for the Environment.

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For further information please contact:

Judge Contact:

Averil Bones Australian Clean Beaches judge 0437 864 153

National Media Comment:      

Peter McLean, National Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful

peter@kab.org.au  Mob: 0416 227 158

National Media Contact:         

Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful alice@kab.org.au  Ph: 02 8626 9396

EDITOR’S NOTES:

About the Australian Clean Beaches Awards:

Clean Beaches is a fun, competitive program to help keep Australian beaches and shorelines litter free and sustainable. Launched in 1998, the competition challenges Australia’s communities to prove they have the nation’s cleanest beach. Hundreds of beaches and shores enter this competition every year.

Clean Beaches takes a whole of community approach and covers many elements of community life. When all the community entities are working well together, to best manage their beach environment, it is often reflected in Clean Beaches success.

About the judge – Averil Bones

Averil Bones has worked as an environmental activist for over ten years, including with WWF-Australia and Humane Society International. She has served on a range of committees and boards including the NSW Government’s Natural Resources Advisory Council and the Prime Minister’s Roundtable on Water Reform. She has participated as a volunteer in a wide range of community projects, for example the Australian Humpback Whale Survey and turtle population surveys on Australia’s east and west coasts.

Averil is an active member of her local community garden, and has recently completed work with the Commonwealth Government developing inter-jurisdictional climate change adaptation policy. She holds a Bachelor degree in Communication and a Masters degree in Political Economy.

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