Great News – Frankston has won the 2015 Australian Sustainable Cities Award, as announced in Brisbane on Friday.
Here’s the media release, issued at 10:30 Friday night:
Keep Australia Beautiful has announced the winners of the 2015 Australian Sustainable Cities Awards. The sustainability and litter fighting organisation sets out to encourage, motivate and celebrate the local sustainability achievements of urban communities across Australia via these annual awards, sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant.
The prestigious 2015 overall win went to Frankston City Council at an awards event held by last year’s title holders Brisbane City Council on 13 November. Frankston also won the same award in 2008.
Across all categories Frankston demonstrated significant action and achievement, resulting in tangible social, economic and environmental benefits for communities across the local government area.
Australian Sustainable Cities judge Sean Rooney said that based on an assessment of all entries, and across all categories, Frankston City Council in Victoria presents as a worthy overall national winner.
“The leadership, innovation and passion provided the Council, and its collaborations with local community groups, schools and businesses, demonstrates a positive ‘can do’ attitude, and translates into a shared sense of purpose, tangible civic pride and a commitment to a sustainable future.”
Alongside the overall title, Frankston City Council won the Environmental Sustainability award, and were highly commended for Community Action and Wellbeing, as well as Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Waste Management & Resource Recovery.
Philip Robinson, CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful said, “the Sustainable Cities program allows Australia to showcase 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.”
David Carter, CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) said “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.”
“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 2015 award winners.”
Included in the proceedings was an inspiring speech from Jane Milburn of Textile Beat, promoting conscious dressers seeking to know more about the substance, not just the style of clothing they wear.
The full Australian Sustainable Cities judge report can be found on the Keep Australia Beautiful website: