Kalgoorlie-Boulder being judged for national Sustainable Cities award

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Wednesday 14 October 2015

World's Tallest Bin

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What: Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities judging 2015
When: Friday 16 October 2015
Media Call: 10am
Where: Karkurla Park, Riverina Way, Kalgoorlie
Who: Sean Rooney, Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities judge; representatives from City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.


Australia’s largest outback city, Kalgoorlie-Boulder are representing Western Australia in the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities awards 2015.

National Sustainable Cities judge, Sean Rooney, will be visiting Kalgoorlie-Boulder on Friday 16 October. The overall winner will be announced at an award ceremony to be held in the City of Brisbane on 13 November 2015.

Mr Rooney said, “to be recognised on a national stage is quite the achievement for City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. They are renowned for the World’s Tallest Bin, which was installed in 1980 for the Tidy Towns competition. I can’t wait to see it, as well as experience all their winning projects first hand.”

Kalgoorlie-Boulder is a vibrant and sustainable regional city with a strong culture of community engagement showcased by its many active community groups and partnerships between them.

Mr Rooney will be compiling judging scores while learning about some of the following initiatives:

  • Oasis Alternative Energy Systems, a ground source heat pump system using a world-first combination of vertical and horizontal ground heat exchangers combined with solar thermal matting and a 135kW solar PV system to reduce natural gas consumption on site by over 70% and CO2 emissions by 216 tonnes per year.
  • Low revolution wind turbine technology with the use of a laser wind monitoring unit, which would offset 100% of the City’s electricity consumption and be paid back within 10 years.
  • The South Boulder Wastewater Treatment Plant that runs public tours throughout the year to school groups to educate children on the importance of water conservation and how the City utilizes water treatment techniques to provide parks and reserves across town for use by the community.
  • The Kalgoorlie Golf Course which exclusively uses treated effluent and storm water for irrigation, saving the equivalent of 80 Olympic sized swimming pools of tap water.
  • The iconic Golden Mile Loopline rail line to be restored in the coming years with sixteen kilometres of track to be laid between Kalgoorlie and Boulder.
  • Karlkurla Park and the Kalgoorlie Arboretum in the Adopt-A-Spot program that has engaged skillhire, work for the dole, disability workers and prisoners to help maintain these iconic areas.

Sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant the Australian Sustainable Cities Awards encourage, motivate and celebrate the local sustainability achievements of urban communities across Australia, and have been running since 2007.

In addition to the overall winner, the national program contains the category awards, each of which is scored through the national judging process:

  • Community Action and Wellbeing
  • Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Award, Waste Management & Resource Recovery
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Heritage and Culture
  • Young Legends
  • Environmental Education

National Sustainable Cities finalists already announced include:

  • City of Canada Bay, New South Wales
  • Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania
  • Canberra Ornithological Group, Australian Capital Territory
  • Frankston City Council, Victoria
  • Brisbane City Council, Queensland.

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Editors notes:

 For more information visit: kab.ngo

Judge Contact:

Sean Rooney | 0422 161 410 | seanrooney@capitalexecutives.com.au

Finalist Contact:

Maureen Keegan, PR Coordinator, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder | (08) 9021 9651 | 0408 921 269 | Maureen.Keegan@ckb.wa.gov.au

National Media Contact:

Alice Morgan, Communications Manager, Keep Australia Beautiful | 02 8626 9396 | alice@kab.org.au

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