Garig Gunak Barlu win Heritage and Culture

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Friday 14 August 2014




Click on photo to download full size version. Photo (left to right): Regional Chief Ranger, Nigel Weston, Traditional Owner’s Mary Williams and Ronald Lami Lami, Member of Arafura, Mr. Francis Xavier Kurrupuwu MLA and The Honourable Bess Price MLA.

Garig Gunak Barlu National Park in the Northern Territory have gone home today with the Heritage and Culture award, won at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Clean Beaches Awards 2015.

The Overall Australian Clean Beaches win went to Guilderton Western Australia, with Burleigh Beach in Queensland coming in at a close second.

The event was held in Darwin, hosted by Parliament House and welcomed by The Honourable Bess Price MLA; with last year’s winner Nhulunbuy handing over the iconic title.

Garig Gunak Barlu National Park was nominated for the Keep Australia Beautiful Northern Territory Clean Beaches territory title, which put them forward to compete for the National title for 2015.

Australian Clean Beaches judge Averil Bones said “The beaches at Garig Gunak Barlu National Park have important sites that relate to three cultures being Aboriginal, Macassan and European and contains a wealth of history within its shores.”

One of the most notable aspects of management of heritage and culture in the National Park is the role of the four Traditional Owner groups in its management. Their central role in all decisions relating to the area, and the parity in which the law holds their role with all other decision-makers, is particularly unique.

“The relatively undeveloped nature of the Park, with a few key industries generating income and royalties, is perhaps a reflection of the priorities of the Traditional Owners that may not be so accurately reflected elsewhere,” Ms Bones said.

Peter McLean, National Chief Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful said “it’s pleasing to see another year of high calibre National finalists from every corner of our amazing country.”

“Each finalist exhibited significant outcomes in a range of sustainability projects and activities. The National Clean Beaches program allows each of them to learn even more, so that they can continue to thrive as a community and achieve success on their sustainability journeys and in keeping Australia’s beaches and waterways clean.”

The awards event included the finalists meeting and networking at Mindil Markets on the Thursday evening, with presentations about their projects on the Friday morning at the Trailer Boat Club. This was followed by a tour of Darwin Foreshore.

The reception was held at Government House, hosted by His Honour the Honourable John Hardy OAM, Administrator of the Northern Territory and Mrs Marie Hardy.

The Australian Clean Beaches Awards are sponsored by the Department for the Environment.

Through the Clean Beaches Awards Program, Keep Australia Beautiful share expert knowledge and experience to empower those who care about our beaches and waterways to actively work towards a cleaner, more sustainable marine environment.

Australian Clean Beaches 2015 Winners Table

Category Winner
Community Action and Wellbeing

Port Julia

South Australia

Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention, Waste Management and Resource Recovery

Richardsons Beach


Heritage and Culture

Garig Gunak Barlu

National Park

Northern Territory

Environmental Sustainability

Bondi Beach

New South Wales

Young Legends

Burleigh Beach


Environmental Education


Western Australia

Runner Up

Burleigh Beach


Keep Australia Beautiful

Australian Clean Beaches winner 2015


Western Australia



For further information please contact:

Judge Contact: Averil Bones Australian Clean Beaches judge 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 Manager, Keep Australia  Beautiful  Mob: 0416 768 387


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