Three times a winner: Bunbury clean up at the Australian Sustainable Cities Awards 2014

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MEDIA RELEASE
Friday 28 November 2014

 

Environmental Protection Bunbury SC14

Deputy Mayor Brendan Kelly

City of Bunbury has been crowned with the Environmental Protection and Innovation award, at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities Awards 2014. The event 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.

Visionary plans have been prepared for the Dolphin Discovery Centre and when it is rebuilt it will put Bunbury ‘on the map’ for marine based tourism on the West Coast, particularly around exciting but ethical experiences with wild dolphins and a whole new and greatly enhanced visitors centre.

Australian Sustainable Cities judge Cameron Little said “it will bring more and better managed visitors and help to generate clean green jobs associated with wildlife education and protection.”

In a tie with City of Holdfast Bay, South Australia, Bunbury also took home the Heritage and Culture award. It is working effectively to promote both its indigenous and post colonisation heritages and is bringing them together to create a new culture of respect for both.

Mr Little signified the City worked with the local indigenous community, the Noongar People, to bring about the design and construction of a beautiful and significant memorial park. “It represents a new focal point for the community through which the traditional custodians can be recognised and within which the remains of their ancestors have been returned home and buried.”

Bunbury were also Highly Commended for Resource Recovery and Waste Management.

The roll out of their three bin service has been a success, as has their work on introducing the three bins in public places such as events. As the project progresses, they will be in a strong position to provide valuable advice to Councils around Australia.

“The efforts that Bunbury is going to divert food and garden organics from the municipal waste stream is to be applauded,” Mr Little said.

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 Sustainable Cities program provides an important platform for councils and communities to share their achievements in litter prevention and environmental sustainability” said Stan Moore, CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC).

“The APC is pleased to be a key supporter of the nation-wide KAB Sustainable Cities Program as it gives us an opportunity to engage with local governments. We congratulate all Councils that nominated and the 2014 award winners.”

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: kab.org.au

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

 

ENDS

Media Contact: Lee-Maree Gallo
Email: lmgallo@bunbury.wa.gov.au
Phone:  (08) 9792 7136 / 0417 825 169

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

National Media Contact:
Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful
Email: alice@kab.org.au Tel: 0416 768 387

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 www.kab.org.au 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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