2015 Cleanest Beach runner-up trophy comes home

11 September 2015

City of Gold Coast is now home to the Keep Australia Beautiful National Clean Beach Awards runner-up trophy.  

The trophy was formally presented to today’s full Council meeting after Burleigh Beach narrowly missed taking out the 2015 awards in Darwin last month.

A favourite with locals and visitors alike, the beach fought off tough competition from some of the nation’s best, including Sydney’s Bondi and Tasmania’s Richardsons Beach on the Freycinet Peninsula.

This year’s winner was so close to call, a runner-up award was announced for the first time in the competition’s 16 year history.

Mayor Tom Tate said coming in just behind Western Australia’s Guilderton beach was another fantastic accolade for the Gold Coast’s beaches.

“The world loves our beaches. Both visitors and locals are able to enjoy them all year round thanks to the dedication and hard work of many different groups and volunteers,” he said.

“Whether it’s our daily beach sweeps, sand nourishment efforts or dunes protection, we’ll continue to work with the community to make sure this 2.5 kilometre stretch of beach is always a favourite with locals and visitors.”

Supporting the daily maintenance undertaken by the City, volunteers from local schools, scouting groups, surf lifesavers, the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre and other community, environmental and sporting groups all contribute to ongoing beach care initiatives at Burleigh.

The City also runs an ongoing BeachCare program at Burleigh and other local beaches, coordinated by the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management.

The Clean Beaches Awards program has been running since 1999. Beaches are considered against six key criteria: Community Action and Wellbeing; Litter Prevention, Waste Management and Resource Recovery; Environmental Sustainability; Heritage and Culture; Young Legends; and Environmental Education.

The City is investing $22 million in managing and protecting our coast and waterways this year alone as part of our broader Ocean Beaches Strategy 2013 - 2023. 

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