Acting Minister for the Environment, Gavin Jennings, has congratulated Frankston City Council on being named Sustainable City of the Year at this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Sustainable Cities Awards Ceremony.
Frankston Council undertook leading projects this year which are critical components of Council’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve its target of carbon neutrality by 2025.
Last year, the Council launched its 10-year Environmental Strategy which outlines a range of corporate and community-based initiatives to achieve the target.
The new Peninsula Aquatic and Recreation Centre was planned using Environmentally Sustainable Design principles, with features such as a plant to create energy through waste heat from the pool water and a 400,000 litre rainwater tank for toilets and irrigation.
One of the Council’s submitted projects was the Halve Our Waste initiative which engaged 1000 households and local schools to reduce their waste to landfill by 50 per cent by measures such as composting and worm farms.
The Sustainable Cities Awards recognise the positive environmental and sustainable changes driven by schools, communities and local councils. They also provide a platform for rewarding young people for their leadership in sustainable activities.
Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for the Environment, Gavin Jennings
“Without the hard work carried out by community groups, local governments, schools and passionate individuals, we would not have the sustainable and litter-free environments we have today.”
“This is a fantastic achievement by Frankston and everyone involved in the success of these projects which benefit all Victorians.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020