Palmerston bid for most sustainable city in country

Friday 12 September 2014


The Sunflower Story School visit

The Sunflower Story School visit

City of Palmerston was visited by the national Keep Australia Beautiful, Sustainable Cities judge this week in the hopes of being named Australia’s sustainable city.

Palmerston was named the territory’s most sustainable city in the Keep Australia Beautiful Council Northern Territory final, and will now vie for the national title against Canberra Urban Honey, Australian Capital Territory; City of Manly, New South Wales; Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania; and City of Brimbank, Victoria.

Every state and territory will be participating this year, with the remainder soon to be revealed.

Keep Australia Beautiful National judge Cameron Little said when he visited the Harvest Corner Community Garden “it shows to me, whist designing and growing a garden and growing food, you are growing a community as well.”

“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.”

Mr Little will evaluate Palmerston’s initiatives against the national awards criteria which encompasses environmental innovation and protection, resource recovery and waste management, water conservation and energy innovation, community action and partnerships, litter prevention, the protection of heritage and culture and a young legends category.

Keep Australia Beautiful National Chief Executive, Peter McLean said the judging process is a lot more than just a day in the city.

“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 Sustainable Cities judging takes place until October, to then decide on the overall Australian winner. The existing Australian Sustainable Cities winner is City of Marion in South Australia, and this title will be passed onto the new 2014 winner at the awards event to be held there in November.

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 Do The Right Thing program of the Australian Food and Grocery Council. Event sponsor is City of Marion.

For more information visit:


Media Contact:            Samantha Abdic
Phone :                            0419 824 731

Judge Contact:Cameron Little
Mob: 0414 385 644

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 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 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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