Frankston City scores sustainable honours
From recycling and rejuvenating to restoring and revitalising, Frankston City is ticking all the environmentally sustainable boxes.
Three local projects have taken out titles at the 2019 Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainable Cities Awards, held at Kensington Town Hall in Melbourne last Friday (6 September).
The awards recognise positive actions taken by communities to protect and enhance their local environments such as litter prevention, reuse and recycling items, protection of the environment, preserving heritage, community action and leadership and environmental sustainability programs.
Award winners were:
- Frankston Regional Recycling and Recovery Centre (FRRRC): 2019 Resource Recovery and Waste Management Award in the council section for “leading the way in waste recovery”.
- Frankston Beach Association: 2019 Environmental Sustainability Award in the community section for their Frankston City Foreshore Revegetation Project.
Narelle Debenham, a passionate nature educator, said she was delighted her work via Natured Kids has been recognised as a program impacting social, cultural and environmental change.
"Children learn so much about their natural world by being in it,” Narelle said.“I praise those in our community who share their skills and knowledge with younger emerging environmental advocates as I do believe intergenerational connections have had significant impact on teaching our future generations how to care for this beautiful country, the land, fresh water and the sea over many millennia.”
“We all have a continuing responsibility to care for our country, the youth l work with each week give me great faith in and hope for a promising future. It is critical we continue to invest our time in mentoring those who follow us.”
Three local projects were also highly commended on the night:
- Kananook Creek Association for their Green Army Kananook Creek Restoration project.
- St Judes Primary School for their Minnie Vinnies recycling paper project.
- Frankston City Council for its Powering up local communities project – solar power on community-use facilities.
FRRRC Recycling Services Supervisor Simon Byrne said the Skye facility was thrilled to receive an award on the night.
“Since the centre opened in 2015, Frankston City has diverted more than 30,000 tonnes of unwanted or used materials from landfill as well as diverting 14,000 tonnes of green waste to be made into compost for farmers.
“The Frankston City community is passionate about reducing waste and recycling, so this award is as much if not more a nod to the community’s efforts as much as ours”
Frankston Mayor Michael O’Reilly also congratulated the Frankston City community on their sustainable efforts.
“It’s fantastic these initiatives have been recognised, and the Frankston City community should feel extremely proud,” the Mayor said.
Frankston City saw a record number of finalists in this year’s KVB Sustainable Cities Awards with a total of 11 Frankston City projects making it to the finalist stage.