Winners announced for the 2016 Blue Star Sustainability (Metro) Awards
KEEP NSW BEAUTIFUL ANNOUNCES THE BEST SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES IN METROPOLITAN NSW AT THE BLUE STAR SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS
The second annual Keep NSW Beautiful (KNSWB) Blue Star Sustainability (Metro) Awards were announced on Wednesday 31 August 2016 over dinner at the Concord Function Centre.
The dinner was hosted by celebrated Sydney-based writer and performer Maeve Marsden.
The Blue Star Sustainability Awards have grown out of the iconic Sustainable Cities, Clean Beaches and Tidy Towns award programs. The Awards recognise and celebrate the hard work of NSW citizens who promote responsible environmental management in their local area; they recognise civic pride, community spirit and future planning in establishing the best projects and programs to come out of NSW communities.
The biggest award of the night was the Overall Metropolitan Sustainability Award, which was awarded to Randwick City Council.
The Council, which received 5 category awards as well as the overall award, was lauded on the night for its Living Smart, Eco Living, and Earth Hour community engagement programs.
“Randwick City Council is constantly going above and beyond their duty of care to the environment and their community – and they are continuously re-evaluating their practices to aim higher and do better,” said KNSWB Chief Executive David Imrie.
“Their waste management, water conservation, litter reduction, and heritage conservation projects are innovative, ambitious, and above all: they are succeeding in building a brighter, better, healthier Randwick.”
The council was awarded a Portable Water Bottle Refill Station, provided by Aquafil Australia, as their prize. The refill station, designed for outdoor use at festivals, sporting events, and trade shows, gives the public access to drinking water while encouraging sustainable re-use of containers.
Also winning big were Northern Beaches Council (9 awards), Blacktown City Council (3 awards), Cumberland Council (3 awards) and City of Sydney Council (3 awards).