Keep Australia Beautiful

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Keep Australia Beautiful

By Peyton Booy

The City of Port Phillip has been nominated for 8 of 11 categories in the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria (KABV) Sustainable Cities Awards, including the coveted Sustainable City of the Year. Mayor Amanda Stevens said the high level of nominations reflect Council’s focus on creating sustainable and liveable environments.

“I’d like to congratulate the staff and community members for their contributions to these important projects, which help ensure the City of Port Phillip remains a leader in sustainability” Cr Stevens said.

“As well as protecting the environment and improving liveability, these projects foster community engagement and help guide the leaders of tomorrow.”

Sustainability Victoria states Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria (KABV) Sustainable Cities Awards recognise and celebrate positive actions taken by communities in urban areas to protect and enhance their local environments. They encompass initiatives as diverse as litter prevention, recycling, protection of the environment, preserving heritage, community action and leadership and environmental sustainability programs.

The Montague Continuing Education Centre (MCEC) was nominated for the Active Schools award and currently has three ongoing sustainability projects operating which are predominantly student led. The projects include a vegetable garden, waste and water projects which encourage the students to develop sustainable living options and skills.

The Clean Bay Coalition is nominated for the clean beach/waterway category. Their work includes litter auditing on the foreshore and local shopping strips. They also deliver educational activities on the natural values of Port Phillip Bay and what can be done to protect them.

She Spoke organisation is nominated for the Community Action and Leadership award. From March to the beginning of May the program consisted of 12 events designed to get women excited about cycling.

SCAN (Sustainability Community Action Network) is nominated for the Community Government Partnerships award. Their stated purpose is to develop relationships with the community to facilitate action on climate change. They have 4 forums a year consisting of councillors, environmental groups, interested individuals and council staff.

Country Connect is nominated for the Cultural Heritage award. Office Green Team is nominated for the Environmental Sustainability award. No Cuts No Butts Litter Travels is nominated for the Litter Prevention award.

The winners will be announced on August 1st; check the website ( for the details.



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