Huskisson aiming for a win at National awards
Friday 1 November 2013
Media Contact Peter McLean
Phone 0416 227 158
Reigning state champion Huskisson Beach will be representing New South Wales in two weeks time at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities and Clean Beaches Awards 2013. They are competing against four other finalists from around the country for the title of Overall Australian Clean Beach, which will be announced on Monday 18 November in the City of Cockburn, WA.
The current Australian Clean Beaches title holder is Goolwa in South Australia, which will be passed onto the new 2013 winner. The City of Cockburn earned the right to host the event after taking out the Overall Australian Sustainable Cities 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, “Huskisson’s efforts are outstanding and each of our finalists this year provide outstanding examples of how coastal communities around the nation are implementing practical projects that help local neighbourhoods achieve an efficient and sustainable future.”
National Clean Beaches judge Averil Bones said, “Huskisson have a great track record when it comes to litter prevention, management and education. They were the first mainland Plastic Bag Free town in Australia. Volunteers in their local community collect and remove waste daily, as they walk, ride a bike or take their dog for a walk in these areas. And it’s this sort of positive behaviour that encourages others.”
The Clean Beaches making a splash are:
- Currumbin QLD
- Godfreys Beach TAS
- Frankston VIC
- Holdfast Bay SA
- Huskisson NSW
The awards categories up for grabs:
- Community partnership working
- Litter prevention and coastal rehabilitation
- Community leadership and action
- Waste & recycling management
- Overall Australian Clean Beaches 2013
The Clean Beaches program award communities who actively work for a cleaner, more sustainable coastal environment. Awards are presented to volunteers, surf lifesaving clubs, local councils, and other community groups who implement initiatives that care for dunes, protect habitats, educate the community, reduce litter and support tourism.
For further information about the judge’s visit, please contact:
National Media Comment: Peter McLean, National Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful
Mob: 0416 227 158 firstname.lastname@example.org
National Media Contact: Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful
Ph: 02 8626 9396 email@example.com
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 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.