Life’s a beach for judge

Averil Bones visited the coastal town, which is one of five finalists for the Australian Clean Beaches Award, on June 19

�Guilderton is a special secret, and its obvious that people who have a special association with the place put substantial time and effort into making sure the beach and river stay clean and beautiful,� Ms Bones said.

�Community leaders have developed useful partnerships with indigenous leaders, council, businesses and tourism operators, and the fruits of their co-operation are plain to see.

�Guilderton�s beach and river are real treasures.�

Funded by the federal Department for the Environment, the annual Clean Beaches program rewards communities who work for a cleaner, more sustainable coastal environment.

Awards are for local councils, volunteers, surf lifesaving clubs, rangers and other community groups who implement initiatives that care for dunes, waterways, protect habitats, educate the community, reduce litter, preserve and value culture and heritage, and support tourism.

Ms Bones will evaluate those initiatives against the national awards criteria, which include community action and partnerships, litter prevention, resource recovery and waste management, before the winner is announced on August 14.

Other finalists are Bondi Beach (NSW), Richardsons Beach (TAS), Burleigh Heads (QLD), Port Jilia (SA) and Garig Gunak Barlu (NT).

KAB national executive Peter McLean said each of the finalists demonstrated outcomes of sustainability projects and activities.