ClubsNSW Awards 2012
Oak Flats Bowling & Recreation Club has cleaned up at an industry gala dinner in Sydney overnight; winning all three awards they were nominated for.
The club won the Outstanding People Management award, Outstanding Financial Management and Outstanding Club Governance & Stewardship at the 2012 ClubsNSW Awards for Excellence before an audience including Premier Barry O’Farrell. read more...
Shellharbour Picked Twice for Top NSW Sustainable Cities Awards!
The Shellharbour area has taken out two prestigious Sustainable Cities Awards at the 2011 Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Awards Dinner Presentation, hosted by Hornsby Shire Council. The results were announced last night Thursday July 28th at Pennant Hills Golf Club.
The Sustainable Cities program is a Keep Australia Beautiful NSW initiative to recognise outstanding environmental initiatives implemented by local government authorities, schools and community groups and businesses whilst raising public awareness of a range of environmental issues affecting metropolitan NSW.
Peter McLean, CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful NSW, congratulated Shellharbour City Council on its “Building Backyard Diversity in the Shellharbour LGA” project, which won the Biodiversity Conservation Award.
An innovative community education project, the project engaged over 800 residents and four schools in a range of biodiversity workshops, events and activities running from 2010 – 2011. Shellharbour City Council aimed to sustain and enhance biodiversity, focusing on the creation of a local biodiversity corridor. Key project objectives included raising awareness of local biodiversity and encouraging residents to undertake actions to support native wildlife e.g. through the creation of habitat on their own property.
“It is a very impressive project with great community involvement. Biodiversity benefits should be long lasting. It was well planned and implemented and a great result for the biodiversity of the Corridor with environmental and social outcomes” said Peter McLean.
“It is great to see an involvement of schools, and residents and great to hear that neighbours are finding common interests through Council projects” he added.
Peter McLean also congratulated Oak Flats Bowling and Recreational Club, winner of the Sustainable Clubs Award. The Club endeavours to run a profitable, sustainable business, to retain a strong family atmosphere and foster strong partnerships with the local community. A total of 42 organisations benefit from the Club’s donations and include the Oak Flats High School P&C Association, Australian Aerial patrol and St Vincent de Paul Society as well as sporting clubs.
“The Club was declared the winner in this award category in 2010 and has built upon its success with the undertaking of many new initiatives, in particular with reference to engaging staff in the process of sustainability and the installation of energy efficient lighting throughout the Club” said Peter McLean.
“Our judges described this as an excellent submission, and it was great to see continuous improvement from the club!” he added.
The top accolade of Overall Sustainable Council Award went to Kogarah City Council for its “125 years of history deserves 125 years of future” project. The project undertook a comprehensive community planning process with a number of impressive outcomes achieved such as the constructed and commissioned Carlton Industrial Stormwater Reuse Plant with a capacity to produce up to 20,000 litres of water per day.
For more information on Sustainable Cities or other Keep Australia Beautiful NSW programs, please visit www.kabnsw.org.au
The Keep Australia Beautiful NSW’s Sustainable Cities Program is generously sponsored by ClubsNSW, Landcom and the Office of Environment & Heritage.