SCHOOLS, community groups, businesses and residents have been recognised for making the City of Stirling more sustainable.
There were 16 winners at the City’s recent Living Green Awards, including Sophia Bell (10) who created a free library on the verge adjacent to her street and David Hynes for saving as many trees as possible while redeveloping his lot.
Community groups Joondanna Community Garden and Beach Not Bitumen were recognised, along with Northern Community Share co-ordinator Lee Collis.
Kids Nature Club, Sunset Coast Ice Cream and Magic Wand Green Cleaning were awarded as sustainable businesses, while residents Marianne Rentsch and Benedict Guinery won awards for their sustainability at home efforts.
Stirling councillor Karen Caddy praised the winners and said the City recognised the need to build a sustainable future for the community.
“The City has been working for a number of years to effect change at a local level, with a focus on enabling the community to make a difference,” she said.
“We offer a range of incentives, rebates and workshops to help residents take steps to live a more sustainable lifestyle by using less water, reducing energy use, reducing waste and greening our City.”
Other winners were Takari, Boyare and Coolbinia primary schools, and CoastCare supervisor Walter Kolb for his long-term commitment to local conservation.
The ‘art to inspire’ award category was won by Balcatta Senior High School and Virginia Casey, who makes art from rubbish collected from local beaches and displays these at schools to education children about waste reduction.
Casey said it was great to received the award for her environmental art.
“Not only do I love removing the debris from our lovely beaches and saving wildlife, I also enjoy the colours it makes in my art – bright like the 1980s,” she said.
“I’m enjoying showing these pieces to school classes who are enjoying seeing something creative while learning about sustainability.”