Canberra Ornithological Group wins ACT Sustainable Cities Awards 2015

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26 August 2015



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Canberra Ornithological Group has won the Keep Australia Beautiful ACT Sustainable Cities Award 2015 for their education and conservation of the Territory’s birds at an event held at Government House in Canberra today.

The awards celebrate sustainability practices by Canberra’s communities, businesses, education institutions, individuals, and all levels of government.

As well as winning the overall award, Canberra Ornithological Group took home the award for Environmental Sustainability: Nature Conservation.

With over 300 members promoting the conservation of native birds and their habitats, the Canberra Ornithologists Group (COG) has spent 50 years recording bird data and their activities have been recognised by government agencies and other organisations such as the Australian National University.

Data is used for monitoring threatened birds, for research purposes, to inform planning and development in Canberra, and for habitat restoration projects.

Alison Russell-French, President of Canberra Ornithologists Group said “COG has made an important contribution over the past half-century in the growth of a sustainable and environmentally sensitive city.”

“It is an organisation of dedicated and committed volunteers with a strong focus on building awareness about the value of birds both in our community and as part of the ecological world of the region,” Ms Russell-French, went on to say.

Canberra Ornithologists Group will now go on to represent the ACT at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities awards, at an event to be held in November.

Peter McLean, National Chief Executive Officer for Keep Australia Beautiful said, “it is pleasing to celebrate so many great examples of practical sustainability in the ACT. Each winner here today has demonstrated significant outcomes in a range of sustainability projects and activities. We look forward to presenting Canberra Ornithological Group to a national stage in November.”

The morning was attended by guest speakers His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) Governor-General of the Commonwealth Of Australia, and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA and Ms Dorte Ekelund, Director General, Environment & Sustainable Development Directorate were also in attendance and presented some awards.

Andrew Barr MLA, Chief Minister and Patron of the ACT Sustainable Cities Awards said “We’re making significant progress in building a more sustainable future for Canberra.”

“These awards recognise this partnership and provide an excellent opportunity for the efforts of our local community groups, businesses, industry and government to be recognised in their work towards achieving a sustainable future for Canberra.”

After the formal proceedings, over 100 guests attended a lunch and Thought Leadership Session at the National Botanical Gardens, sponsored by Icon Water.

Under two streams, including a youth session, it facilitated the coming together of like-minded expert opinion leaders to inspire people through the sharing of best practice ideas, innovation and practical execution to positively change behaviour and better the environment – in particular, water issues and their practical and achievable solutions.

The Keep Australia Beautiful ACT Sustainable Cities Awards are an initiative of Keep Australia Beautiful National, sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant; the department of the Environment and Sustainable Development of the ACT; and Thought Leadership sponsor Icon Water.

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ACT Sustainable Cities 2015 Category Winners


Category Winner Commendation Sponsor
Environmental Education Cat Containment Campaign – Conservation Council ACT Region Southern Tablelands Ecosystem Park
Young Legends St Francis Xavier College Green Team

St Clare of Assisi Primary School


Wanniassa Primary School

Environmental Sustainability: Energy Innovation Canberra Curtain Retrofit Department of the Environment and Sustainable Development of the ACT.
Environmental Sustainability: Nature Conservation Canberra Ornithological Group
Community Action and Wellbeing Canberra Curtain Retrofit Project Oz Harvest
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention, Resource Recovery and Waste Management Three Sixty Fashion Market

Australian Packaging Covenant


Wildcard One of a Kind Apartments
Overall Canberra Ornithological Group    


Winner contact: Alan Thomas (Secretary), Canberra Ornithological Group 0400433422

Media comment: Peter McLean, CEO Keep Australia Beautiful National 0416 227 158

Media contact: Alice Morgan, Communications Manager, Keep Australia Beautiful National 0416 768 387


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