Currumbin has been crowned Australia’s cleanest beach for 2013 at a gala awards ceremony in Western Australia yesterday.
As well as keeping Currumbin Beach free of litter, the community along with its clubs and businesses is finding ways to respond to long-term issues of sustainability and environmental management with a connection across generations that helps preserve and grow local traditions.
The award was accepted by Naomi Edwards from Griffith Centre for Coastal Management (pictured).
National Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful, Peter McLean said, “this is the time of year all Australians start to visit and engage with their beach communities. It’s pleasing to see so many of our beaches taking practical steps to manage our coastal environments. It’s a great opportunity to recognise all the state finalists excelling in best practice.”
The awards allow for coastal and waterways sustainability projects around Australia to come together to share best practice, success, as well as challenges.
The Clean Beaches program award communities who actively work for a cleaner, more sustainable coastal environment. Awards are presented to volunteers, surf lifesaving clubs, local councils, and other community groups who implement initiatives that care for dunes, protect habitats, educate the community, reduce litter and support tourism.