Environmental efforts rewarded

BLACK Head Beach has been awarded the environmental protection award at the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW State Clean Beaches - Connecting our Coast Awards held on Friday at South Maroubra.

Fingal Head took out the top prize and was named the overall State Clean Beach for NSW.

The Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Clean Beaches - Connecting our Coast Awards encourage and recognise coastal communities, local councils, volunteers and surf lifesaving clubs who protect this State's beautiful coastline.

The program empowers these groups to actively work for a cleaner, more sustainable environment through the sharing of knowledge, experience and resources. Dune and habitat conservation, environmental education, anti-litter, waste management and visitor friendly initiatives are among some of the projects that are awarded.

Black Head Beach demonstrated fantastic environmental protection due to their dune maintenance work over the past 12 months. This has included Hallidays Point Landcare negotiating with other community groups during the rehabilitation of a wetland which was transferred into a thriving home to flora and fauna.

David Imrie, Keep Australia Beautiful NSW CEO, commended Fingal Head and each of the award winners for their fantastic environmental achievements.

"Through the Clean Beaches Program we celebrate the achievements of coastal communities who actively make our beaches cleaner and a more sustainable environment', said Mr. Imrie.

"We congratulate Black Head and each of the State award winners who have set an impressive standard for other beaches to follow."

Keep Australia Beautiful NSW would like thank the major sponsors of the Clean Beaches Awards Program the NSW Environment Protection Authority and Sydney Water for their continued support.

For further information about Keep Australia Beautiful NSW, or the Clean Beaches - Connecting our Coast Awards 2013 visit www.kabnsw.org.au

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