Thursday, February 29, 2024

Nine councils named as finalists in Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Nine Victorian councils have been recognised as finalists in this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards, demonstrating the proactive role local government is taking to improve sustainability across the state.

The diverse range of projects spanning four of the six categories – Thriving Environment, Future Energy, Sustainable Places and Healthy and Fair Society – include Australia’s first 100% renewable energy-powered aquatic centre, free training sessions for environmental champions, and energy and water saving kits for residents.

Hobsons Bay City Council’s entry, My Smart Garden (participants are pictured), is a free sustainable gardening program that supports residents to transform their outdoor spaces into productive, functional gardens. A collaboration with seven other councils, this project illustrates the power of working together to achieve outcomes.

Hobsons Bay City Council’s ‘My Smart Garden’ won the Education (city) category at the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Sustainability Awards last month.

Matt Genever, Sustainability Victoria’s Interim CEO, said he applauded the councils for their initiatives and was impressed to see so much collaboration.

“There is so much to be gained from sharing ideas, knowledge and resources and it’s the community that’s benefiting from this approach,” said Mr Genever.

This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Premier’s Sustainability Awards. There will be two winners named for each of the six categories, aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

The Community Champion Award celebrates individuals, small organisations and local government, while the Industry Leader Award recognises medium and large organisations driving a sustainable future.

The judging panel included a broad range of independent environmental experts selected for their sustainability and industry expertise.

“I look forward to celebrating the governments, businesses and communities leading the way in sustainability at the awards ceremony in November,” said Mr Genever. “It’s always a highpoint in the year.”

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 23 November in Melbourne. The finalists are:

Circular Economy Innovation:

Community Champion Finalists

Industry Leader Finalists

Future energy:

Community Champion Finalists

Industry Leader Finalists

Healthy and fair society:

Community Champion Finalists

Industry Leader Finalists

Sustainable places: 

Community Champion Finalists

Industry Leaders Finalists

Thriving environment:

Community Champion Finalists

Industry Leaders Finalists

Waste and recycling solutions:

Community Champion Finalists

Industry Leaders Finalists

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