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


Friday 28 November 2014


Environmental Protection Manly SC14

Henry Wong, Mayor Jean Hay, Stephen Clements

Manly Council has been crowned with the Community Action and Partnerships 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.

The City of Many presented outstanding conservation and sustainability related partnership programs that engaged and included the community to achieve them.

“The sophistication of these programs is due in no small part to the participation and leadership contributed by the Manly Environmental Centre and other excellent professional staff of the Council,” said Australian Sustainable Cities judge Cameron Little.

Manly also went on to win two highly commended awards in Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention and Environmental Protection and Innovation.

Manly is presented with a not uncommon problem for Cities that are blessed with natural features like beaches of outstanding beauty. Many people use the area recreationally, and apply significant pressure to the natural levels of litter.

“Manly Council has had to develop very effective methods and programs to prevent and respond to any litter that does arrive in its streets, its open malls and upon its beaches and other natural areas,” Mr Little Said.

Projects like the Fairy Penguin protection program, the sea horse protection program, the restoration and enhancement of Cabbage Tree Bay and the impressive partnering with community volunteers and groups like Eco Divers protect Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve with its climate change and sea level rise research.

“They are excellent projects that deliver solid results to their community,” said Mr Little.

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.

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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: Chris Parsons
Phone:         02 99761510

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: 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 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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