Palmerston miss out on Sustainable Title


Friday 28 November 2014


Pam Robinson

Pam Robinson

City of Palmerston may hold the Northern Territory title for Sustainable City, however that wasn’t enough to land them the Australian title. The Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities Awards 2014 was held in the City of Marion this evening.

The Overall Australian Sustainable City for 2014 went to Brisbane City Council, Queensland. The City of Marion earned the right to host the event after taking out the title last year.

Mayor Ian Abbott  JP said “it is a great honour for the City of Palmerston to be recognised at a 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.”

The Mayor also said, “the opportunity to have national judging happening in our City provided us with the chance to showcase our leadership and share Council’s interaction with the community in the Top End City.”

At the awards, Palmerston were given the opportunity to present their achievements to the other City finalists, as well as Australian and International delegates.

In 30 years, Palmerston has gone from being ‘the rural area outside Darwin’ to a Township to a City and now to a future as the largest Regional Centre in the Northern Territory, where Sustainability is at the intersection of all parts of governance.

Peter McLean, National Executive Officer for Keep Australia Beautiful said, “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.”

The Sustainable Cities program allows Australia to show case the best of the best, and provides outstanding examples of how cities around the nation are implementing practical projects that help local communities achieve an efficient and sustainable future.

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:

Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Sustainable Cities Awards Winners 2014

Category Winner Highly Commended
Community Action and Partnerships Manly Council, New South Wales
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Brisbane City Council, Queensland Manly Council, New South Wales
Resource Recovery and Waste Management Brimbank City Council, Victoria City of Bunbury, Western Australia
Environmental Protection and Innovation City of Bunbury, Western Australia Manly Council, New South Wales
Water Conservation Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania
Energy Innovation Brisbane City Council, Queensland
Heritage and Culture City of Holdfast Bay, South Australia
City of Bunbury, Western Australia
Young Legends Mitchell Pearce, Canberra Urban Honey
Overall Winner 2014 Brisbane City Council, Queensland



Media Contact: Samantha Abdic
Phone:         0419 824 731

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, 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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