Canada Bay takes three wins at Australian Sustainable Cities Awards 2013

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Monday 18 November 2013
Media Contact Peter McLean
Phone 0416 227 158

Canada Bay wins

Jessica Samuel, Student, Rosebank College
David Towns, Civil and Environmental Engineer, City of Canada Bay
Mayor Angelo Tsirekas, City of Canada Bay
Val Southam, Vice-Chairperson, Keep Australia Beautiful National Association
David Imrie, CEO, Keep Australia Beautiful NSW
Nicole Thompson, Sustainability Projects Coordinator, City of Canada Bay
Gary Sawyer, General Manager, City of Canada Bay

The city of Canada Bay in New South Wales has been crowned with the Water Conservation award at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities Awards 2013. The event was held in the City of Cockburn, WA this morning.

The Water for Our Community project harvests and recycle stormwater for the irrigation of public open space such as parks, sports ovals and golf courses. Their Cintra Hockey Water Reuse Scheme, uses run-off from the field (which has an artificial playing surface) that is harvested before undergoing filtration and UV treatment. The recycled water is then re-used for irrigation. During optimum conditions the system can recycle over 75% of the water used on the field. The system saves an estimated 9 million litres of water per year.

The city also took home the highly commended Heritage and Culture award. “Our Local Heritage” is a Council cross-departmental heritage project comprising events celebrating and reflecting on stories of past and present local communities, including:

  • ‘Neighbourhood Stories’: An online and physical exhibition, celebrating past and present lives, stories and experiences of the North Strathfield community
  • Growing Up in Canada Bay’: A Heritage Photographic Night where community members were invited to bring their own photographs to share and add to the collection and view Council’s extensive range of historic photographs;
  • ‘Innovations and Inventions in Canada Bay’: An exhibition highlighting local inventions.

The highly commended in Young Legends was also award to Canada Bay, for their Sustainable Schools network with 2,840 students’ participants in kNow Waste, 10 schools in EnviroMentors. The City of Canada Bay in partnership with Burwood Council, Municipality of Ashfield and Canterbury City Council also engaged the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) to deliver the “Start the Switch” a one day Summit held on 11 June 2013.

National Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful, Peter McLean said, “it’s pleasing to see another year of high calibre National finalists. Each finalist exhibited strong innovation and partnerships which contributed to outstanding community sustainability outcomes.”

Cameron Little, the National Sustainable Cities Judge said “these awards form part of an incredibly powerful project and impressive amount of community involvement goes into them. It was difficult to separate the top two or three finalists.”

The awards allow for the leading lights of sustainability in Australia to come together to share best practice, success, as well as challenges. During the event, each finalist was allocated time to present their project, followed by a tour of the City of Cockburn, the 2012 Sustainable Cities title holder.

Special guest for the awards was Josh Byrne from Gardening Australia. Born in Esperance on the south coast of Western Australia, Josh spent his early childhood years surrounded by some of Australia’s best coast and bushland. He is an environmental scientist with a passion for sustainable gardening, appropriate technology and innovative environmental design.

The Overall Australian Sustainable City for 2013 went to the City of Marion, South Australia. They will hold onto their title until the 2014 awards. The City of Cockburn earned the right to host the 2013 event after taking out the Overall Australian title in Kogarah NSW, last year.

The Australian Sustainable Cities Awards encourage, motivate and celebrate the local sustainability achievements of urban communities across Australia.

Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Sustainable Cities Awards Winners 2013

Category Winner Highly Commended Sponsor
Overall Winner City of Marion, South Australia
Community Action and Partnerships Launceston, Tasmania PSF
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Brisbane City Council, Queensland City of Swan, Western Australia PSF
Resource Recovery and Waste Management City of Swan, Western Australia PSF
Environmental Innovation and Protection Canberra Indian Myna Action Group, Australian Capital Territory City of Marion, South Australia
Water Conservation City of Canada Bay, New South Wales City of Marion, South Australia
Energy Innovation City of Moreland, Victoria Launceston, Tasmania
Heritage and Culture City of Marion, South Australia City of Canada Bay, New South Wales
Young Legends City of Marion, South Australia City of Canada Bay, New South Wales



For further information about the judge’s visit, please contact:

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 the Australian Sustainable Communities Awards

Keep Australia Beautiful seeks to lead, challenge and inspire all Australians to strive for a sustainable and litter free environment. It does this through research, communications programs and awards programs.

Its national awards are known as the Australian Sustainable Communities Awards which consist of the Tidy Towns, Sustainable Cities, and Clean Beaches Awards. Each awards program commences with state and territory awards and culminates in a national Grand Final event.

The Sustainable Cities Awards are open to metropolitan communities. Our major cities are home to 77% of the Australian population, and have absorbed 80% of the population growth over the last 40 years. They are heavily exposed to the impacts of climate change. While our cities are among the most liveable in the world, they lag behind on some aspects of sustainability when it comes to energy consumption, car dependence and equity, with a stark and growing divide between the opportunities available to residents of the inner suburbs and those available to residents in outer urban areas.

About Keep Australia Beautiful

Keep Australia Beautiful is the national peak body on litter prevention. With over 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, The LITTLE Committee, National Bin Network 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.

The Australian Sustainable Cities Awards are sponsored by

The Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Packaging Stewardship Forum. The Packaging Stewardship Forum of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, works with partners across the nation to deliver industry recycling, litter reduction and education programs on behalf of its members, Australia’s major beverage companies and their packaging suppliers. The Forum’s highly successful Do the Right Thing anti-litter campaign is recognised by more than 80% of people. More than 400 towns and cities around Australia are now taking the Do the Right Thing message to their communities.

About trophy

The Sustainable Cities and Clean Beaches 2013 trophies were hand carved and painted by Wez Champion of Loutky Puppets, using reclaimed wood. Wez’s workshop is in the same building as KABNA. Wez uses Czech carving techniques blended with Australian exotic woods and finishing techniques. He believes in a world where craftsmanship is priority, where individuality is an asset and a new standard of art is passionately created, passed on and treasured. The plaques were created by NPD The Print & Framing Gallery.

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