01/12/2014

Three Times a Winner: Manly Cleans Up At National Sustainable Cities Awards

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Manly Council was crowned with the Community Action and Partnerships award, at the Keep Australia Beautiful National Australian Sustainable Cities Awards 2014.

The event was held in the City of Marion, in Adelaide, on Friday 28 November, and the Overall Australian Sustainable City for 2014 went to Queensland’s entry from Brisbane City Council.

Manly’s outstanding conservation and sustainability-related partnership programs were recognised in their winning title. They also won two highly commended awards, in the Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Award and the Environmental Protection and Innovation Award.

“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 is presented with the 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.

The highlights of Manly’s entry were 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 to 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.

Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Sustainable Cities Awards Winners 2014

 

 

 Category  Winner  Highly Commended
 Community Actions and Partnerships  Manly Council, NSW
 Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention  Brisbane City Council, QLD  Manly Council, NSW
 Resource Recovery and Waste Management  Brimbank City Council, VIC  City of Bunbury, WA
 Environmental Protection and Innovation  City of Bunbury, WA  Manly Council, NSW
 Water Conservation  Glenorchy City Council, TAS
 Energy Innovation  Brisbane City Council, QLD
 Heritage and Culture  City of Holdfast Bay, SACity of Bunbury, WA
 Young Legends  Mitchell PearceCanberra Urban Honey
 Overall Winner 2014  Brisbane City Council, QLD

 

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