Huskisson takes a win at Australian Clean Beaches Awards 2013

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Monday 18 November 2013
Media Contact Peter McLean
Phone 0416 227 158

Huskisson Community

Robert Thomas, Chairman, Keep Australia Beautiful
Jan Sutton, Huskisson Woolamia Community Voice
Paul Sutton, Executive Committee Member, Huskisson Woolamia Community Voice

Huskisson has been commended with Community partnership working at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities and Clean Beaches Awards 2013. The event was held in the City of Cockburn, WA this morning. The Overall Australian Clean Beaches award went to Currumbin, Queensland.

Huskisson Beach is part of a wider council area managed by the Shoalhaven City Council. As a result, the most significant project demonstrating community action and partnership – the Woolly Way cycle path – is a shared project that links Huskisson to other communities along the foreshore, in particular Woollamia.

National Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful, Peter McLean said, “this is the time of year all Australians start to visit and engage with their beach communities. It’s pleasing to see so many of our beaches taking practical steps to manage our coastal environments. It’s a great opportunity to recognise all the state finalists excelling in best practice.”

Averil Bones, the National Clean Beaches Judge said “visiting the five national finalists and learning about all the fantastic work was a real privilege. I was really impressed by the time and effort contestants put into the submissions and site visits, and by the broad range of groups involved in keeping the beaches clean. In all of the five finalists, it was obvious that a special spirit emerges where a community has a strong and enduring connection to its local environment. I know that the beaches at Currumbin, Huskisson, Stanley, Holdfast Bay and Frankston will continue to be beautiful, vibrant and inspiring places to live and visit.”

The awards allow for coastal and waterways sustainability projects around Australia to come together to share best practice, success, as well as challenges. Following on from the awards event, finalists were invited to tour of the City of Cockburn, the 2012 Sustainable Cities title holder.

Special guest for the awards was 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.

Having gone head to head with four other beaches of excellence from around the country, Currumbin will hold onto their title until the 2014 awards. The City of Cockburn earned the right to host the 2013 Sustainable Cities and Clean Beaches event after taking out the Overall Australian Sustainable Cities title in Kogarah NSW, last year.

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. 

Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Clean Beaches Awards Winners 2013

Category Winner
Overall Winner CurrumbinQueensland
CommendationCommunity partnership working HuskissonNew South Wales
CommendationLitter prevention and coastal rehabilitation FrankstonVictoria
CommendationCommunity leadership and action Godfreys BeachTasmania
CommendationWaste & recycling management Holdfast BaySouth Australia



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

National Media Contact:           Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful  Tel: 02 8626 9396

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.

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 trophy

The Sustainable Cities and Clean Beaches 2013 trophies were hand carved and painted by Wez Champion of Loutky Puppets, using reclaimed wood. Wez’s workshop is in the same building as KABNA. Wez uses Czech carving techniques blended with Australian exotic woods and finishing techniques. He believes in a world where craftsmanship is priority, where individuality is an asset and a new standard of art is passionately created, passed on and treasured. The plaques were created by NPD The Print & Framing Gallery.

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