Clean Beaches 2011

Gerroa Landcare takes out State Award!

Clean Beaches – Connecting Our Coast is a new revitalised Award program that has evolved from the previous Clean Beach Challenge, last held in 2009.

The Clean Beaches program encourages diverse groups and individuals within a coastal community to form a Clean Beaches Committee and work together to identify and manage sustainability and beautification projects relevant to their beach. The program empowers coastal communities to actively work for a cleaner, more sustainable environment through the sharing of knowledge, experience and resources.

Keep Australia Beautiful NSW conducted workshops throughout the State’s coastal communities to assist and support established Clean Beaches Committees.

Gerroa Landcare, working at Seven Mile Beach was first awarded the Clean Beaches Award for the Illawarra under the Environmental Protection Category. The group was recognised for their amazing efforts in working towards restoring the condition of the vegetation at the Seven Mile Beach reserve and engaging a range of supporting stakeholders and community members to contribute to the project.

But to the group’s surprise, they were also awarded State Winners under this category! This was a huge achievement for the group who have been working at the site for over four years in partnership with a range of stakeholders.

Other award recipients in the region included:

Friendly Beaches category:

Award recipients: Ray Stockly, Rae Doak, James Doak

Winner: Brighton Beach (Belmore Basin)

Highly Commended: Towradgi Beach

Litter category:

Winner: Brighton Beach (Belmore Basin)

Highly Commended: Port Kembla Beach

Community Partnership and Action category:

Winner: Brighton Beach (Belmore Basin)

Highly Commended: Towradgi Beach

Environmental Protection category:

Winner: Seven Mile Beach

Highly Commended: Port Kembla Beach

Overall Clean Beaches Winner for the Illawarra:

Winner: Brighton (Belmore Basin)

Highly Commended: Towradgi Beach

For more information about Gerroa Landcare visit their page here.