Sydney Water Clean Beaches
Connecting our Coast Awards
ENTRIES OPEN JUNE 1st 2012
Proudly sponsored by Sydney Water, the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Clean Beaches – Connecting Our Coast Awards 2012 are NOW OPEN.
In 2012 Sydney Water has shown their commitment to coastal sustainability by coming on board as a principle sponsor of the Clean Beaches – Connecting our Coast Awards Program. This will allow Keep Australia Beautiful NSW to broaden our reach; to identify and recognise even more outstanding environmental initiatives that raise public awareness on a range of environmental issues affecting coastal NSW. Dune and habitat conservation, environmental education, anti-litter, waste management and visitor friendly initiatives are among some of the projects that are awarded.
The Sydney Water Clean Beaches Awards are open to ALL coastal regions of NSW.
“Through the Clean Beaches Awards Program, we look forward to sharing our expert knowledge, experience and resources to empower those who care about our beaches to actively work towards a cleaner, more sustainable marine environment.” said Kevin Young, Managing Director at Sydney Water of the 2012 Awards.
Who can enter the Clean Beaches Awards? Everyone and it’s FREE!
The Sydney Water Clean Beaches Awards is open to any individual, community or group who enjoys and values the beauty of our precious NSW coastline and is involved in the guardianship of our world-renowned beaches.
Benefits in entering the program include:
Strengthened partnerships and networks, and the opportunity to have your hard work recognised and celebrated
Increase valuable media exposure for your local area and community projects
Potential for increased tourism and amenities for the local community
Improved natural environment
Restoration of wildlife habitats
Positive reception from grant awarding bodies.
“Winter is the time of year when beachside councils and community groups can assess the needs of their beach for the next busy summer. This program is a fun motivator during the quieter season and a great opportunity to get everyone involved in caring for the beach. Having Sydney Water come on board as principal sponsor will ensure we get the message out. If you love, and care for your beach we want to know about it!” said Peter McLean, Chief Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful NSW.
Beginning in June Keep Australia Beautiful NSW will be conducting seminars in the State's coastal communities. Yolande Presland, Programs Manager, will meet with local councils, surf life-saving clubs, community groups and individuals who are interested in participating in the Sydney Water Clean Beaches Awards Program this year.
Awards will be presented in the following categories:
The Office of Environment and Heritage Overall Cleanest Beach award
Sydney Water Metro Beach award
Litter & Waste Management award
The Friendly beach award
Environmental protection award
Sydney Water, Water Conservation award
Community Partnership & Action award
Young Legends award
Overall winners of the Clean Beaches – Connecting our Coast Awards in 2011, Maggies Beach, found the awards to be beneficial on a number of levels.
“Our success in the 2011 program has significantly supported the creation of a new ‘Community & Economic Development Committee’ which will further explore our shared vision of capitalising on existing environmental strengths as a path to economic opportunities, while preserving the social and environmental strengths of our unique coastal village.” said Ashley Baldry of Dunecare, Maggies Beach.
Categories are awarded at a regional, and then a state level. Entry into the challenge is FREE.
Entries close on 20th July with Submissions due 20th August.
For more information about the program, please contact Yolande Presland, Programs Manager, on 02 9633 3380 or email email@example.com
For media information, please contact Carolyn Oakley, Media & Communications Manager at Keep Australia Beautiful NSW on 02 9633 3380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For media comment and interviews, please contact Peter McLean, CEO on 0416 227 158.