Brisbane being judged for second year in national Sustainable Cities awards

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Tuesday 27 October 2015


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What: Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities judging 2015
When: Thursday 29 October 2015
Media Call: 10.25am
Where: Eagle Farm Bus Depot
Who: Sean Rooney, Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities judge; representatives from Brisbane City Council, Cllr David McLachlan

Please confirm your attendance with Bernie Quinn for access 0409 059 773

Brisbane City Council are the Keep Queensland Beautiful, Cleaner Cities award winner for the second year running, which now makes them a finalist for the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities Awards 2015.

Brisbane City Council holds the Australian Sustainable Cities title for 2014, laying the groundwork for Australian Sustainable Cities judge Sean Rooney’s visit on Thursday 29 October.

Mr Rooney said he was looking forward to visiting the Keep Queensland Beautiful Sustainable Cities finalist to review their projects as part of their National submission.

Mr Rooney said, “to be recognised on a national stage for the second time in a row is quite the achievement for Brisbane City Council. I can’t wait to see their winning projects first hand.”

Brisbane City Council will be showcasing their 100% wheelchair accessible bus fleet, the $120 million Better Bikeways for Brisbane program, the 154 Brisbane schools and over 88,000 students that have benefited from participating in the Active School Travel program, as well as the suite of fourteen heritage trails throughout the city to recognise and celebrate the value of Brisbane’s history, and the Recreate Twilight Market and Paper Fashion Show and other public art programs.

Mr Rooney will also be compiling judging scores while learning about Brisbane’s recycling service, community education and other environmental education programs, Green Heart Wisdom, Watt Savers, the Reduce Your Juice program, Gum Removal Vehicle, Brisbane Landfill Gas to Energy Project and Solar Energy Generation, and the CBD District Cooling System.

Sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant the Australian Sustainable Cities Awards encourage, motivate and celebrate the local sustainability achievements of urban communities across Australia, and have been running since 2007.

In addition to the overall winner, the national program contains the category awards, each of which is scored through the national judging process:

  • Community Action and Wellbeing
  • Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Award, Waste Management & Resource Recovery
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Heritage and Culture
  • Young Legends
  • Environmental Education.

Australian Sustainable Cities finalists include

  • City of Canada Bay, New South Wales
  • Canberra Ornithological Group, Canberra
  • Frankston City Council, Victoria
  • City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia
  • Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania.

The award ceremony will be hosted by last year’s winners, City of Brisbane on 13 November 2015.

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Editors notes:


Judge Contact:

Sean Rooney | 0422 161 410 |

Finalist Contact:

Jodie Powderly | Senior Marketing and Communication Officer | 07 3027 4635 | 0422 416 760 |

National Media Contact:

Alice Morgan, Communications Manager, Keep Australia Beautiful | 02 8626 9396 |


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