Canberra Indian Myna Action Group takes a win at Australian Sustainable Cities Awards 2013

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

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Josh Byrne Gardening Australia; Bill Handke, President; Bruce Lindenmayer, Vice President.

The Canberra Indian Myna Action Group has been crowned with Environmental Innovation and Protection at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities Awards 2013. The event was held in the City of Cockburn, WA this morning.

Before CIMAG started in 2006, Mynas were the 3rd most common bird in Canberra, where the birds were having catastrophic impacts upon the local fauna. Over the 7 years of the community-action trapping and education program, CIMAG members have reduced mynas to the 20th most common bird around Canberra. Small birds are back in people’s gardens, rosellas are back nesting in tree hollows and in garden nest-boxes, and there is peace.

With the support of the RSPCA and other key bodies they have also developed innovative, cheap, and humane techniques to dispatch the captured birds using the CO exhaust fumes from a standard petrol powered car, killing the birds very quickly and painlessly which has proven to be a success promoter for the project.

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.”

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.”

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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