Published On: November 18th, 2020

The winner of the prestigious Keep Australia Beautiful NSW 2020 Sustainable Cities Awards was announced on Thursday 12 November 2020.

The Overall 2020 Sustainable Cities Award was presented to Northern Beaches Council by Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales.

Northern Beaches Council was also the winner of the Recycled Organics and Environmental Communications Awards, joint winner of the Response to Climate Change Award and was Highly Commended in the Coastal and Waterways Protection Award and Don’t Be a Tosser! Litter Action Award, which is proudly supported by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA).

In addition, Northern Beaches Secondary College, Cromer Campus P&C Association and Seaforth Public School were awarded Highly Commended and Winner (respectively) of the School’s Environmental Achievement Award 

Community groups in the Northern Beaches area were also recognised in the Coastal and Waterways Protection Category with Operation Straw receiving Highly Commended and Australian Microplastic Assessment Project awarded category winner.

The event, hosted by Keep Australia Beautiful NSW (KABNSW) and the 2019 winner, Cumberland City Council, with the support of NSW EPA and Return and Earn, was held at the newly opened Granville Centre.

These important Awards recognise and support the achievements of Councils and their communities who are actively working towards making Sydney a model for sustainable practices.

Val Southam, CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful NSW is very proud of the Sustainable Cities Awards’ history.

“This is KAB NSW’s 27th annual metropolitan event and we are excited to celebrate the fantastic achievements and spirit of communities and Councils, particularly as this has been such a difficult year,” said Ms Southam.

“These awards instil optimism and highlight positive outcomes even during times of hardship.

“This year’s Overall winner, Northern Beaches Council, demonstrated great collaboration with the community, business and industry to deliver a diverse and exciting array of projects highlighting a very strong commitment to developing and implementing sustainable practices and building a sustainability ethos across the region.”

For a table of all 2020 Winners and Highly Commended, click here.