Finalists have been announced for ACT Sustainable Cities Awards

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29 July 2015


The finalists have been announced for the Keep Australia Beautiful ACT Sustainable Cities Awards 2015. Residents, community based organisations, schools, businesses and local government agencies achieving sustainability across the territory will come together to share their achievements.

Taking place on Wednesday 26 August 2015 at Government House in Canberra, the awards event will be celebrating the following finalists:

Bruno Ferronato: a project evaluating the impacts of a predator-proof fence in a reptile community in northern Canberra.

Gaia: a student led environmental action group that was created by Year 11 and 12 students at Hawker College.

Icon Water: has developed a robust and holistic sustainability governance framework and, in doing so, has managed to drive initiatives designed to make sure that all of its business is carried out in the most sustainable way practical while addressing the sustainability concerns of the community.

Wanniassa Hills Primary School: with their kitchen garden project.

Cat Containment Campaign – Conservation Council ACT Region: reducing the impacts of roaming domestic cats on native wildlife along the urban edge in the ACT.

Canberra Curtain Retro-fit Project: installs curtains free of charge to people living in disadvantage.

St Clare of Assisi Primary School: advocating the need for a waste and recycling system and designing awareness raising strategies.

One of a kind Apartments: business practices addressing energy, water and nature conservation as well as optimising the triple bottom line.

The Southern Tablelands Ecosystem Park: establishing an iconic Regional Botanic Garden with plants of the southern tablelands of the ACT and NSW.

Canberra Ornithologist Group: has made an important contribution over the past half-decade in the growth of a sustainable and environmentally sensitive city.

OzHarvest: collects quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivers it, direct and free of charge, to 600 charities.

Three Sixty Fashion Markets: are a values based, relaxed, fun, soul satisfying, recycled, up-cycled, ecology sustaining, local design promoting, community building, fabulous fashion market.

St Francis Xavier College:  since the implementation of paper/cardboard and comingle recycling bins, St Francis Xavier College has diverted approximately 142,000L from landfill, within a six-month period.

National Chief Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful, Peter McLean said “it’s great to see the awards have attracted new groups and projects, and we welcome the new participants.”

“Each finalist has demonstrated significant outcomes in a range of sustainability projects and activities and the local program will allow each of them to learn even more from leading projects from their peers.”

The category awards up for grabs include:

Community Action and Wellbeing
Young Legends
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention, Waste Management & Resource Recovery
Environmental Sustainability (3 Awards)
Sustainable Water
Energy Innovation
Nature Conservation
Heritage and Culture
Environmental Education.

Last years’ winner Mitchell Pearce of Canberra Urban Honey said “being a part of the Sustainable Cities Awards has been an inspiring experience. There is so much positive sustainability work being done in our region of Canberra.”

Patron of the ACT Sustainable Cities Awards, Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA 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.”

The Sustainable Cities Awards have been running since 2005 in the ACT, and 2007 nationally. The territory winner will go on to represent the ACT in the Australian Sustainable Cities Awards in November 2015.

After the official ceremony there will be a Thought Leadership session, sponsored by Icon Water. Under two streams, including a youth session, it will allow the coming together of like-minded expert opinion leaders to inspire people through sharing of best practice ideas, innovation and practical execution to positively change behaviour and better the environment.

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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Media Comment: Peter McLean KAB CEO 0416 227 158

Media Contact: Alice Morgan KAB Communications 02 8626 9396


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) KAB Programs include Sustainable Cities, Tidy Towns, Clean Beaches, National Litter Index, Eco-Schools, Adopt a Patch, and Keep Australia Beautiful Week.

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.

Patron of the ACT Sustainable Cities Awards, Andrew Barr MLA Chief Minister

“It gives me great pleasure to accept the role of Patron of the Keep Australia Beautiful ACT Sustainable Cities Awards.

We’re making significant progress in building a more sustainable future for Canberra. The ACT Government’s policies and programs will protect our lifestyle as well as the environment we all value so highly.”



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