Nhulunbuy’s bid for cleanest beach in country

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MEDIA RELEASE
Friday 23 May 2014
Media Contact Vanessa Drysdale
Phone 0437 187 036
Email scf@dhimurru.com.au

 

Nhulunbuy judging

Marine debris clean up

Averil Bones and Hon Peter Glen Chandler MLA

Averil Bones and Hon Peter Glen Chandler MLA

Nhulunbuy was recently visited by the national Keep Australia Beautiful, Clean Beaches judge in the hopes of being named Australia’s cleanest beach.

Nhulunbuy was named the territory cleanest beach in the Keep Australia Beautiful Council Northern Territory final and will now vie for the national title against Fingal Head in New South Wales, Raspins Beach in Tasmania, Whyalla in South Australia and Rainbow Bay in Queensland.

Keep Australia Beautiful National judge Averil Bones said “Nhulunbuy and the Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation Rangers is really moving ahead in leaps and bounds. The investment of their time into the marine debris survey and management of the area have delivered a functional and accessible recreation area for the community.”

“It’s much more about seeing the community engagement and hearing from the local people how much they love living in the area and being part of the community they’re in.”

A stand out for Ms Bones was how Dhimurru are committed to community education, both within the indigenous and non-indigenous communities. Rangers often make presentations to the Nhulunbuy Highschool which is a predominantly non-indigenous population.

Dhimurru encourages school aged children to participate in the cleanup activities via the Learning on Country Program. The children learn about the jobs Rangers do and this includes marine debris cleanups and turtle recovery.

Ms Bones will evaluate these initiatives and more, against the national awards criteria which include community action and partnerships, litter prevention, resource recovery and waste management, environmental innovation and protection, water conservation, energy innovation, heritage and culture, and a youth participation and engagement award which are all individually given scores out of 100.

Peter McLean, National Executive Officer for Keep Australia Beautiful said the judging process is a lot more than just a day at the beach.

“It gives Keep Australia Beautiful the opportunity to assess on ground, but equally important it allows our experts to give feedback to participants, and share that best practice information with others.”

The national Clean Beaches judging takes place over the last fortnight in May, to then decide on the overall Australian winner. The current Australian Clean Beaches title holder is Currumbin on Queensland’s Gold Coast. This title will be passed onto the new 2014 winner at the Australian Clean Beaches Awards event to be held on 18 July at the Currumbin Surf Club.

The Clean Beaches program award communities who actively work for a cleaner, more sustainable coastal environment. Awards are presented to local councils, volunteers, surf lifesaving clubs, rangers and other community groups who implement initiatives that care for dunes, waterways, protect habitats, educate the community, reduce litter, preserve and value culture and heritage, and support tourism.

Official event sponsor for the Australian Clean Beaches Awards 2014 is Gold Coast City Council, and event supporter Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club. Keep Australia Beautiful is seeking category sponsorship for this worthwhile program.

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For further information please contact:

Judge Contact: Averil Bones, Australian Clean Beaches judge, 0437 864 153

National Media Comment: Peter McLean, National Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful peter@kab.org.au  Mob: 0416 227 158

National Media Contact: Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful alice@kab.org.au  Ph: 02 8626 9396

EDITOR’S NOTES:

About the Australian Clean Beaches Awards:

Clean Beaches is a fun, competitive program to help keep Australian beaches and shorelines litter free and sustainable. Launched in 1998, the competition challenges Australia’s communities to prove they have the nation’s cleanest beach. Hundreds of beaches and shores enter this competition every year.

Clean Beaches takes a whole of community approach and covers many elements of community life. When all the community entities are working well together, to best manage their beach environment, it is often reflected in Clean Beaches success.

About the judge – Averil Bones

Averil Bones has worked as an environmental activist for over ten years, including with WWF-Australia and Humane Society International. She has served on a range of committees and boards including the NSW Government’s Natural Resources Advisory Council and the Prime Minister’s Roundtable on Water Reform. She has participated as a volunteer in a wide range of community projects, for example the Australian Humpback Whale Survey and turtle population surveys on Australia’s east and west coasts.

Averil is an active member of her local community garden, and has recently completed work with the Commonwealth Government developing inter-jurisdictional climate change adaptation policy. She holds a Bachelor degree in Communication and a Masters degree in Political Economy.

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