Currumbin Beach in running for National Award

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Monday 16 September 2013
Media Contact Nicole Jensen
Phone 07 5581 5288

Currumbin QLD

Photo opportunity:

What: National Judge visit on site with Averil Bones and Jann Stuckey MP. There will be a number of other community action groups and Griffith Centre for Coastal Management present.
When: Thursday 19 September 2013
Media call time: 12 noon
Location: Currumbin Alley, Pavilion

Currumbin Beach, the winner of the Queensland Clean Beaches Awards 2013 have proven they are the finalist for the state, and will now go head-to-head with four other state finalists from around the country to vie for the Australian Clean Beach 2013. Representatives are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Keep Australia Beautiful national Clean Beaches judge, Averil Bones on Thursday 19 September.

The Clean Beaches program award communities who actively work for a cleaner, more sustainable coastal environment. Awards are presented to community groups, volunteers, surf lifesaving clubs and local councils who implement initiatives that care for dunes, waterways, protect habitats, educate the community, reduce litter and support tourism.

As part of her judging tour, Averil Bones will visit a number of the key environmental projects and initiatives at Currumbin that earned the beach the Keep Queensland Beautiful Clean Beach Awards title for 2012/2013.

According to Ms Bones, “Currumbin Beach has an extremely strong and well connected community vibe. There have been many new and regular projects at Currumbin Beach, and ‘friends’ of Currumbin” are dedicated to their local environment and have worked tirelessly to develop community and business partnerships to ensure their beach is a focal point of leisure, relaxation and family fun.”

“I am very much looking forward to seeing all the great work going on. Currumbin is the last of the five national finalists that I am visiting, and I’ve certainly seen some impressive work going on in coastal communities so far. The competition is certainly pretty hot!” said Ms Bones.

Ms Bones will evaluate these initiatives against the national awards criteria which include community action and partnerships, litter prevention, resource recovery and waste management, environmental innovation and protection, water conservation, energy innovation, heritage and culture, and a youth participation and engagement award which are all individually given scores out of 100.

Peter McLean, National Executive Officer for Keep Australia Beautiful said that “each of the National finalists 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.”

The National Clean Beaches judging takes place over the month of September to decide on the overall Australian winner. The current Australian Clean Beaches title holder is Goolwa in South Australia, which will be passed onto the new 2013 winner at the Australian Sustainable Cities Awards event to be held in WA on 18 November.

Other clean Beaches finalists include Huskisson in NSW, Holdfast Bay in South Australia, Frankston foreshore in Victoria, and Godfrey’s Beach in Tasmania.



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

Judge Contact: Averil Bones Mob: 0437 864 153

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  Mob: 0416 768 387

About the Australian Clean Beaches Awards

These awards encourage, motivate and celebrate the achievements of coastal communities across Australia in caring for their beach or waterway. Each year state and territory winners are announced. Currently, judging is done by desktop. Keep Australia Beautiful is seeking sponsorship in able to provide field judging for this worthwhile program.

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.

About the judge – Averil Bones

Averil Bones has worked as an environmental activist for over ten years, including with WWF-Australia and Humane Society International. She has served on a range of committees and boards including the NSW Government’s Natural Resources Advisory Council and the Prime Minister’s Roundtable on Water Reform. She has participated as a volunteer in a wide range of community projects, for example the Australian Humpback Whale Survey and turtle population surveys on Australia’s east and west coasts.

Averil is an active member of her local community garden, and has recently completed work with the Commonwealth Government developing inter-jurisdictional climate change adaptation policy. She holds a Bachelor degree in Communication and a Masters degree in Political Economy.

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