Keep Australia Beautiful NSW has announced Randwick City Council as the overall winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW 2022 Sustainable Cities Awards at an event on 11 October hosted by the 2021 Sustainable Cities Award winner, City of Canada Bay.
Randwick City Council was also the winner of the Renewable Energy category for its ‘Sustainability Rebates for our Community’ project.
In 2022, Randwick excelled, bringing together a superior suite of long- and short-term programs and impressive and innovative initiatives. Randwick has very effectively showcased sustainability programs developed and implemented over several years, culminating in being acknowledged as the leader in sustainability across the greater Sydney region.
Peter Clark, Keep Australia Beautiful NSW (KAB NSW) Sustainable Cities Assessor, observed that Randwick Council excels as leaders by example, showcasing in real terms and in practical ways the benefits of a sustainability focused choices and lifestyle which the community is encouraged to adopt.
“Randwick has a very vibrant, committed and dynamic volunteer community which works across a diverse range of sustainability initiatives. A special focus is on greening the area and programs across composting, revegetation, critical habit management, wetlands and waterways as well as community education across many sustainability projects,” added Mr Clark.
The event, hosted by KAB NSW and the 2021 winner, City of Canada Bay, with the support of NSW EPA, were held at Oliveto Ristorante & Bar in Rhodes.
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 KAB NSW, believes that the Sustainable Cities Awards inspire councils and communities to make a genuine and lasting contribution to their area, building strong partnerships between local authorities, businesses, community groups, schools and individuals.
“This year, the overall standard of entries was much higher than in recent years,” said Ms Southam.
“Overall scores across the categories were quite high and in several cases the gap between a winner and highly commended was quite a small percentage.
“This year’s Overall winner, Randwick City Council, has very effectively showcased sustainability programs developed and implemented over several years, culminating in being acknowledged as the leader in sustainability across the greater Sydney region.”
Click here to download the full Category and Overall Winners and Highly Commended Table.
Val Southam, Chief Executive Officer KABNSW at firstname.lastname@example.org, (m) 0419 016 401.
About the KABNSW Sustainable Cities Awards
The Sustainable Cities Awards Program celebrate and encourage councils and communities that are pioneering the path towards a sustainable future.
Since 1994, projects that not only enhance the environment but also improve the standard of living and well-being of urban communities have been a hallmark of the activities recognised by these awards.
That so many of our entries this year have tackled the most pressing environmental issues for our cities is a true testament to the relevance and primacy of the Program in incentivising and celebrating those community groups, businesses, individuals, schools and local governments who challenge the status quo.
ABOUT KAB NSW
Keep Australia Beautiful NSW (KABNSW) is the state’s premier organisation for litter reduction and environmental sustainability. Independent and not-for-profit, our focus is to engage communities and collaborate with industry, businesses, state and local government to promote sustainable behaviour changes for the future prosperity of our State.
Keeping Australia beautiful is about more than keeping litter out of our environment and over a 40-year history our programs have adapted to incorporate all aspects of sustainability. We have built a state-wide network of dedicated individuals, businesses, schools, community groups and government bodies striving to deliver a cleaner and more sustainable environment.
Through five core programs we work with communities across regional, metropolitan, and coastal NSW to educate and motivate environmental initiatives.