Currumbin Beach wins cleanest national awardCurrumbin, on Queensland’s Gold Coast, has been named Australia’s “cleanest beach” for 2013 in the annual Keep Australia Beautiful awards announced in Perth today.
The win follows Currumbin being named Queensland’s cleanest beach by Keep Queensland Beautiful (KQB) earlier this year.
KQB’s CEO, Rick Burnett, said the win was fantastic recognition for the efforts of the local community and the Gold Coast City Council, and presented another great opportunity for Queensland tourism.
“We know we have great beaches, but this award reminds all of Australia, that we have the best,” Burnett said.
“I would like to thank the local volunteers in the beach-care groups, and all those local residents who take pride in keeping this wonderful beach and marine environment so well maintained and litter-free.
“People all over will recognise the name Currumbin for its world-acclaimed wildlife and bird sanctuary, and now they can be reminded of its adjacent and beautiful beach.”
National KAB judge, Ms Averil Bones, highlighted the work of a number of Currumbin organisations including:
- Friends of Currumbin - involved in plantings in parks, catchment, dune and beach restoration, general maintenance, fencing, beach access awareness, community sponsorships;
- BeachCare in partnership with Friends of Currumbin – providing maintenance activities, coast care education, and outreach to other groups, educational institutions and local businesses;
- Griffith Centre for Coastal Management – (CoastEd and BeachCare) – school and community-based activities;
- National Surfing Reserves dedication – as part of Gold Coast’s Point Breaks National Surfing Reserves;
- Bleach Festival – celebrated all art forms kissed by the ocean, encrusted in salt and bleached by the sun;
- Currumbin Vikings Surf Life Saving Club community activities; and ‘green’ waste partnership with the Currumbin RSL;
- Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s partnership support for community programs;
- SWELL Sculpture Festival – a 10-day outdoor sculpture exhibition;
- Currumbin Alley Board-riders club activities; and
- Gold Coast Community Catchment Crawl – SEQ Catchment funded Natural Resource Management networking event to raise awareness of NRM activities on the Gold Coast.
Burnett said it was “fitting” that Currumbin Beach was also in the Currumbin electorate, held by Queensland Tourism Minister, Jann Stuckey MP.
“The Minister has been a strong supporter of Queensland beaches being well-maintained and litter-free as prime natural resources and important tourism assets,” Burnett said.
Ms Stuckey said she was absolutely thrilled to see the hard work of the local community acknowledged and rewarded by this national title.
“Residents of Currumbin are well aware we have something pretty special here on the southern Gold Coast, and it is fantastic to see that Keep Australia Beautiful agrees,” Ms Stuckey said.
“I congratulate everyone for their combined efforts that have resulted in Currumbin being declared Australia’s Cleanest Beach 2013. We are a tight-knit and proud community.
“I extend an invitation to all Australians to visit our little slice of heaven, with our world-famous beaches just one of the numerous attractions we have on offer here. From the shores to the hidden treasures of our valleys - you certainly won’t be disappointed.
A local ceremony and presentation will be held at Currumbin on Wednesday (Nov 20, 2013) at 9.30 am, at the Currumbin SLSC / or a nearby venue to be announced.
Rick Burnett, CEO
Keep Queensland Beautiful
M: 0419 460 782
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