The City of Gosnells has been named Western Australia’s most sustainable city for 2008.
Environment and Climate Change Minister David Templeman made the announcement at the inaugural Keep Australia Beautiful (WA) Sustainable Cities Awards ceremony in Perth this morning.
“The City of Gosnells runs a number of innovative projects that are aimed at making the local environment a better place to live in,” Mr Templeman said.
“Through partnerships with the State Government, business, industry and the community, the city is promoting energy efficiency strategies to help reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 15 per cent by 2010.
“Wide consultation has helped the city create a real sense of community ownership and awareness about the local urban environment.”
The City of Gosnells also won the Water and Energy category for their local emissions reduction program and the Youth Environment category for their efforts to engage young people in the development of the local skate park and community media centre.
“The future of our environment is everyone’s responsibility and I congratulate the City of Gosnells for setting such a positive example for the rest of the State.”
Other category winners were:
· Baldivis Children’s Forrest - Heritage and Culture, Biodiversity;
· Midland Brick - Community Partnerships, Waste Management; and
· Kalgoorlie-Boulder City Council - Environmental Education.
“The Sustainable Cities Awards acknowledge the hard work of local people, organisations and groups to make urban and metropolitan environments sustainable and more liveable,” Mr Templeman said.
“The community plays a vital role in achieving the goals set out by the State Government in the Premier’s Climate Change Action Statement and these awards recognise outstanding efforts and encourage others to do the same.”
The City of Gosnells will compete with other Australian cities for the National Sustainable Cities title in October, as part of the Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Communities Program.
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