Palmerston aiming for a win at National awards

Friday 14 November 2014



Reigning territory champions City of Palmerston will be representing the Northern Territory in two weeks’ time at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities Awards 2014.

City of Palmerston are competing against 7 other finalists from around the country for the title of Overall Australian Sustainable City, which will be announced on Friday 28 November 2014 hosted by last years’ winner,  City of Marion, South Australia.

Mayor Ian Abbott JP said “It is a great honour for the City of Palmerston to be recognised at national level as a Council and community working together towards best practice sustainability.”

“Representing the Northern Territory as its finalist at the National Awards recognises our growing city’s commitment to the range of sustainable practices being undertaken in our organisation and within the community – really it is a shared celebration of what we have all achieved by working   together.”

“We look forward to joining the other state and territory winners at the National Awards for Sustainable Cities where we will present our achievements and learn from the other City finalists”.

According to Keep Australia Beautiful National Chief Executive Officer Peter McLean, “each finalist has demonstrated significant outcomes in a range of sustainability projects and activities and the National program allows each of them to learn even more from leading projects in other States.”

Special guest Ronni Kahn, founder and CEO of OzHarvest will be presenting on food waste, and food rescue. Ronni was instrumental in changing the existing legislation across four states that had prevented food donors from supplying excess food.

OzHarvest rescues its food daily from restaurants, cafes, hotels, retailers and food outlets, then delivers the fresh meals which can include pre-prepared meals, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and seafood products and packaged food to its charities.

The leading lights of Australian sustainability in 2014 are:

  • Brimbank City Council, Victoria
  • Brisbane City Council, Queensland
  • Canberra Urban Honey, Australian Capital Territory
  • City of Bunbury, Western Australia
  • Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania
  • City of Holdfast Bay, South Australia
  • Manly Council, New South Wales
  • City of Palmerston, Northern Territory.

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

The Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Sustainable Cities Awards are sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant. The principal event sponsor is City of Marion, the 2013 Australian Sustainable Cities Winner. Thank you to our other event sponsors, TAFE South Australia and Solar Bins Australia.

For more information visit:


Media Contact: Samantha Abdic
Phone:         0419 824 731

National Media Comment:
Peter McLean, National Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful
Email: Mob: 0416 227 158

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

About Sustainable Cities  About Cameron Little

About Keep Australia Beautiful: Keep Australia Beautiful is the national peak body on litter prevention. With more than 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, Eco-Schools, Australia’s Litter Action Plan, Adopt a Patch, 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.

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