Nation’s cleanest beach in Guilderton

The coastal town of Guilderton has won the 2015 cleanest beach award.
Nation’s cleanest beach in Guilderton
The coastal town of Guilderton has won the 2015 cleanest beach award.

The coastal town won the 2015 cleanest beaches awards and the prize for environmental education.

Judges praised the Guilderton community�s appreciation of their environment and active work to maintain it.

Northern Agricultural and Moore Catchment councils hold regular environmental educational days and workshops, with the endangered Carnaby�s black cockatoos being a favourite.

�The most exceptional element of environmental education that occurs in Guilderton is embodied in the community�s ongoing efforts to preserve the environmental values of the beach and estuary system,� Australian Clean Beaches judge Averil Bones said.

The winners were announced in Darwin on August 14. Guilderton Community Association president Gillian Lamont, vice-president Linda Johnson and long-time Guilderton resident and former president John Prince (92) travelled to Darwin for the event.

�We are completely overjoyed at the outcome,� Ms Lamont said.

�The standard was so high we didn�t think we stood a chance.�

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the national title was well-deserved recognition for the small coastal town.

�Guilderton is at the mouth of the Moore River and is renowned for its sparkling, clear water and coastline,� he said.

�But it does not just happen to be this way � there is a great deal of community effort supporting this beautiful environment.

�The town of 150 people attracts large numbers of visitors during the holiday season and with this influx comes significant litter and environmental pressures.

�Guilderton is very proactive in protecting its beautiful coastline, removing litter and educating people on marine and wildlife ecosystems.�