Scarborough Beach cleaned up at today’s Clean Beach Challenge awards, winning the title of Western Australia’s best, cleanest and friendliest beach for 2008.
Environment and Climate Change Minister David Templeman said the competition, organised by Keep Australia Beautiful WA and Surf Life Saving WA, was designed to encourage the care, protection and management of WA’s coastal regions.
“We are blessed with a spectacular coastline featuring some of the most beautiful beaches in the world,” Mr Templeman said.
“It’s up to all of us to act now for the future and keep our beaches clean so they can be enjoyed by generations to come.”
In addition to winning the overall Clean Beach title, Scarborough also took out the award for litter prevention and friendliest beach.
Scarborough Beach now has the chance to win the National Clean Beach Challenge, which will be announced in April.
Cottesloe Beach picked up two awards for community action and protection of the environment, while Rockingham Beach took out the resource management award.
The Minister applauded the work being done by the individuals and groups involved in the nine beaches nominated for this year’s awards.
“Today is an opportunity to publicly recognise the wonderful work being done to protect and improve WA’s coastline,” he said.
Mr Templeman urged Western Australians to treat the State’s beaches with respect.
“Our environment - the beaches, parks and rivers - are our lifeblood and we all have a role to play in loving and protecting them,” the Minister said.
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