Albany Beach Wins Award

Albany Beach Wins Award

Western Australia Minister for Environment Bill Marmion

Albany Beach Named The Best In WA

Victor P Taffa

Albany’s popular Emu Point has been declared Western Australia’s cleanest beach.

Environment Minister Bill Marmion made the announcement today at the 2011 Clean Beaches Awards, which aim to encourage care, protection and management of WA’s coastal regions.

“Emu Point is an example of community spirit at work, with local residents driving the management of the beach, making it visitor friendly while still protecting its environmental values.” Mr. Marmion said.

“They have worked tirelessly to maintain and improve one of the most popular beaches on the south coast.”

“Improvements include safer vehicle access; interpretive signs; jetties; and boat ramps for people with disabilities; while coastal eco-education activities held at the beach during school holidays have kept young people engaged with their local environment.” Mr. Marmion said.

Emu Point also won the Community Action Award. Jurien Bay and the Marmion Marine Park shoreline were highly commended in this category.

Other award winners included:

  •  Friendly Beach Award

Coogee Beach – for visitor facilities and forging links with its indigenous history. City Beach was highly commended in this category

  • Resource Management Award

Koombana Bay (Bunbury) – for initiating waste and water minimisation strategies and its partnerships with organisations and schools which conduct resource management initiatives and awareness campaigns

  • Environmental Protection Award

Shelley Beach – for developing the Phyto Fighter 1000, a device to prevent the spread of dieback in threatened coastal areas on the south coast. Coogee Beach, Cemetery Beach and Pretty Pool (Port Hedland) were highly commended

  • Litter Prevention Award

Point Walter – Blackwall Reach for its litter prevention, collection, survey and education initiatives including the Bush Buddies campaign designed to educate children about litter.

The Clean Beaches Awards are run by Keep Australia Beautiful WA with support from the Department of Environment and Conservation.

WA Minister for Environment Bill Marmion

WA Minister for Environment Bill Marmion