Glenorchy advances to national sustainability finals

GLENORCHY City Council is vying to become the 2015 winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) Australian Sustainable Cities Award after taking out the 2015 Tasmanian state title.

The Australian Sustainable Cities Awards encourage, motivate and celebrate the local sustainability achievements of urban communities across the country.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said she was very proud that the council was recognised again this year.

“To win the state award this year after being successful in 2013 is an amazing achievement and shows the quality of the initiatives and projects that Council is undertaking with our local community,” she said.

Glenorchy was announced the winner of the Tasmanian Sustainability Award at an awards ceremony held in Westbury on 25 September.

In addition to the overall award, 15 individuals, organisations and projects in Glenorchy were recognised for special awards.

KAB Tasmania executive officer Geoff Marsh said Glenorchy had initiated many sustainability programs in response to its community-driven “Designing our Future” strategic plan.

“The Glenorchy Youth Task Force (GYTF) continues to provide many supporting activities for the younger generation,” he said.

“This is best demonstrated by the fact that the annual KAB Youth Award was presented to task force member Jalanda Papi-Watson.”

Initiatives were judged on the national awards criteria that included litter prevention, waste management, resource recovery, natural environment conservation and environmental sustainability.

Mr Marsh said among the standouts for Glenorchy was the community involvement in developing the City of Glenorchy Community Plan 2015-2040, the new Moonah Arts Centre, the Derwent Park Stormwater Project and the ongoing work with the GYTF.

Council recently hosted a function to celebrate the achievements of the groups and individuals recognised at the Tasmanian awards and to present certificates of achievement and excellence.

“An important part of the Sustainable Cities Awards is the partnerships between councils, local businesses, schools and community groups,” Mayor Johnston said.

“I think this is an area that we excel in, as Council works very closely with our local community.

“It is fantastic that the work of so many people is recognised through awards such as these, and we are pleased to be able to celebrate the great work that is happening throughout the city.”

The 2015 national awards ceremony will be held in Brisbane later this month.


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