SA beach named nation’s best!

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South Port Noarlunga beach, South Australia, wins the Australian Clean Beaches Awards

South Port Noarlunga beach in SA has been announced as the Overall Winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Clean Beaches Awards, for 2009/2010.

As well as winning the overall Australian title, South Port Noarlunga picked up awards in the Resource Recovery & Waste Management, Environmental Innovation & Protection, Water Conservation and Young Legends categories, plus a distinction in the Community Action & Partnerships category.

Highlights of their achievements include the involvement of the South Port SLSC (one of the first clubs in Australia to have a nominated environmental officer) in establishing the Coastal Action Plan and Dune Management Plan, as well as actively promoting recycling and surveying the community’s youth about recycling.

Seeds of indigenous species are also collected for propagation and dune planting by the local nursery, and the SLSC has implemented water audit recommendations such as use of buckets and sponges for cleaning boats instead of hoses.  South Port youths are also working to help prevent sand boarding over the dunes.

Australian Clean Beaches National Judge, David Moy, commented that, “the community members of South Port Noarlunga all have a high-level common goal and are focussed on achieving beneficial outcomes for the community and the environment.   The approach of the SLSC and other community partners was pivotal to their enhanced environmental protection and climate change impact. They are most deserving of this award.”

Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water, Penny Wong, presented the award at a ceremony late yesterday afternoon at Sydney’s Manly beach.

“South Port SLSC shows outstanding leadership that I hope encourages all beach communities around Australia to take up environmental initiatives,” Senator Wong said.  “I congratulate them and their community members on their dedication and commitment in taking steps to improve their local community’s environment.”

Congratulating the South Port community on their win on behalf of Principal Sponsor, Mount Franklin Spring Water, Sally Loane, Director of Media and Public Affairs at Coca-Cola Amatil, said, “We are proud to support the Clean Beaches awards which recognise a range of community initiatives, including beverage container recycling, in particular PET recycling. We are pleased to see the local community’s efforts recognised at South Port with this prestigious award.”

Through the Australian Clean Beaches Awards, Keep Australia Beautiful is able to recognise local community and individual efforts that are helping beach communities to become environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.  The awards are sponsored by Mount Franklin Spring Water, Coastalwatch and the Hungry Jack’s ‘Bag it & Bin it’ program.

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