Three Award Categories To Keep Victoria Beautiful

Three Award Categories To Keep Victoria Beautiful

Victoria Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith

Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Awards Now Open

Victor P Taffa

Environment and Climate Change Minister Ryan Smith today called on Victorians to search out their best and brightest community initiatives in their town, beachside community or suburb and enter the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Awards.

“The Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Awards is about showcasing community spirit and pride by highlighting the everyday actions Victorians take to enhance and protect their local environment.” Mr. Smith said.

“They provide an opportunity for all levels of the community councils and shires, local community and sporting groups, schools and even individuals to have their efforts in improving, maintaining and sustaining their local environments recognised.”

Mr. Smith said with three award categories, every community across the state has the opportunity to enter their sustainable, environmental and community-based actions.

 

Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards are for communities in Regional Victoria, Sustainable Cities is for Metropolitan Melbourne Local Councils and satellite cities, and Clean Beaches are for beachside communities.” Mr. Smith said.

“Efforts recognised by the awards include reducing waste, preserving heritage, saving energy and water conservation initiatives.”

Entering the awards has many benefits, such as increased community participation and pride, ownership and responsibility of local environments, and increased local tourism. Winners also have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the national Keep Australia Beautiful Awards.

Last year Rutherglen won the Victorian Tidy Town of the Year Award, Melton won the Victorian Sustainable City of the Year Award, and Bells Beach won the Victorian Clean Beach of the Year.

Iris Mannik, Committee Coordinator for last year’s Tidy Town Awards in Beechworth said the awards were a fantastic opportunity to recognise community efforts.

Entries for the 2010 Sustainable Cities and Clean Beaches awards are now open and close on April 8. Entries for the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards open on February 28 and close on June 3.