Canberra Urban Honey are Young Legends at Australian Sustainable Cities Awards 2014


Friday 28 November 2014


Young Legends CUH SC14

Mitchell Pearce and Carmen Pearce

Canberra Urban Honey has been crowned with the Young Legends award, at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities Awards 2014. The event was held in the City of Marion this evening.

The Overall Australian Sustainable City for 2014 went to Brisbane City Council, Queensland. The City of Marion earned the right to host the event after taking out the title last year.

As a successful, youth led initiative to promote urban agriculture and a community driven local response to the emerging global losses of bee pollinators, “Canberra Urban Honey is doing a fabulous job,” Australian Sustainable Cities judge Cameron Little said.

Mitchell Pearce of Canberra Urban Honey has been recognised as an emerging leader in the Canberra region. With plenty of prior awards and recognition under his bee-suit, his passion shines through with the support of his multi-generational family of bee keepers.

Households have had productive honey bee hives installed into their gardens and commercial buildings have had hives installed on their rooftops. Already this has resulted in an approximate additional coverage of 25% of the Canberra area, resulting in improved pollination for native, ornamental and productive veggie gardens alike.

“Each finalist 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.”  Peter McLean, National Executive Officer for Keep Australia Beautiful said.

The Sustainable Cities program allows Australia to show case the best of the best, and provides outstanding examples of how cities around the nation are implementing practical projects that help local communities achieve an efficient and sustainable future.

The Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Sustainable Cities Awards are sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant. The principal event sponsor is City of Marion, the 2013 Australian Sustainable Cities Winner. Thank you to our other event sponsors, TAFE South Australia and Solar Bins Australia.

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Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Sustainable Cities Awards Winners 2014

Category Winner Highly Commended
Community Action and Partnerships Manly Council, New South Wales
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Brisbane City Council, Queensland Manly Council, New South Wales
Resource Recovery and Waste Management Brimbank City Council, Victoria City of Bunbury, Western Australia
Environmental Protection and Innovation City of Bunbury, Western Australia Manly Council, New South Wales
Water Conservation Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania
Energy Innovation Brisbane City Council, Queensland
Heritage and Culture City of Holdfast Bay, South Australia
City of Bunbury, Western Australia
Young Legends Mitchell Pearce, Canberra Urban Honey
Overall Winner 2014 Brisbane City Council, Queensland



Media Contact: Mitchell Pearce, Director Canberra Urban Honey
Phone: 0438 749 998

National Media Comment:
Peter McLean, National Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful
Email: Mob: 0416 227 158

National Media Contact:
Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful
Email: Tel: 0416 768 387

About Sustainable Cities  About Cameron Little

About Keep Australia Beautiful: Keep Australia Beautiful is the national peak body on litter prevention. With more than 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, Eco-Schools, Australia’s Litter Action Plan, Adopt a Patch, 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.

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