City of Marion aiming for a win at National awards
Friday 1 November 2013
Media Contact Peter McLean
Phone 0416 227 158
Reigning state champion City of Marion will be representing South Australia in two weeks time at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities Awards 2013. They are competing against six other finalists from around the country for the title of Overall Australian Sustainable City, which will be announced on Monday 18 November in the City of Cockburn, WA.
The City of Cockburn earned the right to host the event after taking out the Overall Australian title in Kogarah NSW, last year.
Special guest will be 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.
According to National Chief Executive Officer Peter McLean, “City of Marion’s efforts are outstanding and each of our finalists this year provide outstanding examples of how cities around the nation are implementing practical projects that help local communities achieve an efficient and sustainable future.”
The City’s new healthy lifestyle programs have seen over 300 people learn to grow edible gardens or attend workshops, including a focus embracing disabled residents by developing a wheelchair friendly garden at home. As well as establishing a community permaculture garden, a community grants program connects schools with community groups to deliver joint projects and a brochure promoting local cycling routes. This has generated 5316 volunteer hours, and its these partnerships that enable groups to tackle issues that are important to them using skills, experience and resources within their expertise.
“The Sustainable Cities Awards are highly regarded by local councils across Australia, and to achieve national Sustainable Cities title for the year is coveted and held in high esteem. The Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities program provides a platform for councils to showcase their achievements not only locally, but state wide with the potential to show case across Australia” said Chris Jeffreys General Manager of the Australian Food & Grocery Councils Packaging Stewardship Forum.
“We are proud to be long term sponsors of Keep Australia Beautiful and congratulate the 2013 award finalists and all councils and communities who have entered the awards program.”
The leading lights of Australian sustainability for 2013 are:
- Brisbane City Council QLD
- Canberra Indian Myna Action Group ACT
- City of Canada Bay Council NSW
- City of Marion SA
- City of Moreland VIC
- City of Swan WA
- Launceston TAS
The awards categories up for grabs:
- Community Action and Partnerships
- Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention
- Resource Recovery and Waste Management
- Environmental Innovation and Protection
- Water Conservation
- Energy Innovation
- Young Legends
- Overall Australian Sustainable City
For further information about the judge’s visit, please contact:
National Media Comment: Peter McLean, National Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful
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National Media Contact: Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful
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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 kab.org.au 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.