Port Phillip wins two Sustainability Awards

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Highlighting Port Phillip’s environmental credentials, the Port Phillip EcoCentre and a local student won their categories in the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Sustainable Cities Awards.

Mayor Amanda Stevens said the awards highlighted the great environmental work taking place in Port Phillip and congratulated the Port Phillip EcoCentre and local volunteer Mary ‘Jess’ Jeyasingham on their wins from Friday 1 August’s gala event.

The EcoCentre won the Clean Beach/Waterway category for its Yarra Plume and Sea Star Management Projects, which improve the management of pollution and pests in Port Phillip Bay.

The projects are delivered by a range of community and school groups, including Earthcare St Kilda, allowing locals to take action to protect native species and their habitats in the bay.

Ms Jeyasingham won the Young Leaders category for her work with the Port Phillip EcoCentre, where she’s volunteered for more than three years.

The City of Port Phillip received more nominations than any other organisation, including Sustainable City of the Year.

“The City of Port Phillip’s extremely proud to have been nominated for 12 projects in this year’s awards,” Cr Stevens said.

“Most importantly, we’re proud of the contributions made by our impassioned community members who engage in Council’s sustainable programs.

“It’s because of that strong community support that Council has set strong goals in our Toward Zero Strategy, including reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, potable water use and waste contamination by 50 to 80 per cent by 2020,” she said.

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