Ku-ring-gai Council has been shortlisted for an Overall Sustainable Council Award in the prestigious Keep Australia Beautiful NSW awards.
The awards are an annual event aimed at raising awareness of environmental achievements by councils, businesses and community groups across NSW.
Mayor Jennifer Anderson said that the award judges had visited Ku-ring-gai last week to comprehensively assess the Council’s environmental and sustainability programs and achievements. “We are hoping to find out whether we’ve been successful by July,” she said.
Mayor Anderson said the Council’s award submission had focussed on two key environmental initiatives.
“One is the high number of volunteers participating in a variety of environmental programs such as Bushcare and Wild Things,” she said.
“Ku-ring-gai has more than 22,000 volunteers and a significant number of them dedicate themselves to helping protect our natural environment.”
The Mayor also commended local residents for supporting the Council’s environmental levy.
“This is helping to pay for a range of initiatives to help Ku-ring-gai residents act positively for the environment. These include major energy and water saving programs, innovative community education on sustainability issues and the protection and support of local biodiversity.”
“It was an honour to showcase the range of cutting edge initiatives our dedicated Council officers have been able to implement throughout our organisation and our local area.”