Port Vincent received highly commended awards in four categories.
Highly commended for Young Legends, Water Conservation, Environmental Protection & Innovation and the Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Award.
The awards were held this afternoon in South Australia, hosted in association with last year’s national winner South Port Beach Noarlunga, represented by South Port Surf Club, other local community groups, and the City of Onkaparinga Council.
Port Vincent, 195km West of Adelaide, has long been known as a holiday playground and is set in a beautiful, sweeping bay looking out over the protected waters of the Gulf of St Vincent.
The town has won numerous Tidy Town awards, and in 2004 was voted Australia’s “Tidiest Town”.
According to the Australian Clean Beaches National Judge, Dr David Moy, the successful collaboration of all stakeholders has contributed to the appeal of Port Vincent as a clean, friendly and developing community.
“The District Council of Yorke Peninsula (DCYP) provides strong support to many community initiatives and groups to help ensure that the coastal community of Port Vincent remains as sustainable as possible.
“It is commendable to see such a wide range of community and service groups, the local school and Coast Guard work alongside Council, the local Progress Association, Tidy Towns Group and Township Committee to protect and preserve the coastline.
“Their collective efforts have helped to dramatically increase local recycling rates and reduce waste in landfill, whilst an innovative approach to energy conservation in many areas has earned them national recognition for their efforts.
The voluntary contribution of recyclables by the wider community helps to raise funds to support ongoing community group activities.”, Dr David Moy added.
Chairman of Keep Australia Beautiful National Association, Don Chambers, said “Climate Change impacts such as rising sea levels, on top of other human and environmental stresses, could see many of our coastal systems pushed beyond their tipping point so that the landforms and ecosystems no longer function as they should.
“The Clean Beaches Awards and their participants provide great examples of what individuals and their communities can achieve in protecting and improving the coastal environment by working together sustainably. Well done to the whole community in and around Port Vincent for your efforts”, Don Chambers added.
Through the Australian Clean Beaches Awards, Keep Australia Beautiful is able to recognise local community and individual efforts that are helping rural and regional communities to become environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.