GLENORCHY has received three accolades in the Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) National Sustainable Cities Awards that were announced recently in Brisbane.
The Glenorchy City Council won the Young Legends National Award for its Glenorchy Youth Task Force, Benjafield Childcare Centre, Waste Management Schools Program, and Rosetta Primary School.
Council was also highly commended for Environmental Sustainability for its Derwent Stormwater Reuse project and highly commended in the Heritage and Culture category for the Moonah Arts Centre.
The awards were accepted by Mayor Kristie Johnston and follow Glenorchy being named Tasmania’s sustainable city in the annual KAB Tasmania Awards, where the Council, local community groups and community members received a total of 15 state awards.
Mayor Johnston said the award success was a proud moment for Glenorchy and she commended all those who had contributed to the achievement.
“As KAB reported, Glenorchy has a strong commitment to sustainability and to involving and consulting with our community, particularly our youth, and we are delighted this commitment has been given such important recognition,” she said.
General Manager Peter Brooks said the national recognition for the efforts of Council staff and projects was particularly pleasing.
“Our Youth Taskforce is doing fantastic work and thoroughly deserves its award, while the Derwent Park Stormwater Harvesting and Industrial Reuse project will save some 476 megalitres of water a year, and the Moonah Arts Centre demonstrates the best in environmentally sustainable design,” he said.
KAB’s Nation Sustainable Cities judge Sean Rooney said Glenorchy City Council had demonstrated achievement by supporting a range of sustainability programs, particularly projects for young people.
“The commitment to sustainability and caring for the environment was embedded at a young age in the children and youth of Glenorchy,” he said.
KAB’s Sustainable Cities program recognises outstanding examples of how cities around the nation are implementing practical projects that help local communities achieve an efficient and sustainable future.
“The Glenorchy City Council is strongly focused on partnerships with its community, and on increasing community involvement and opportunity to build a sustainable, dynamic and inclusive city now and into the future,” Mayor Johnston said.