12 Nov
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City of Monash voted most Sustainable City of the Year

Keep Victoria Beautiful (KVB) has announced City of Monash as the overall winner of the Keep Victoria Beautiful 2020 Sustainable Cities Awards at a virtual event held on Thursday 12 November 2020.

Running in Victoria since 2005, the Sustainable Cities program sets out to recognise and celebrate positive actions taken by communities in urban areas to protect and enhance their local environments. They encompass initiatives as diverse as litter prevention, recycling, protection of the environment, preserving heritage and indigenous culture, community action, leadership, education and social well-being programs.

In 2020, the awards are funded by the Victorian Government through the Community Support Fund, and are proudly supported by Awards Online.
Sabina Wills, Keep Victoria Beautiful CEO, is very proud of the Sustainable Cities Awards’ history.

“This is KVB’s 15th annual metropolitan event and we are excited to celebrate the fantastic achievements and spirit of communities and Councils, particularly as this has been such a difficult year,” said Ms Wills.

“These awards instil optimism and highlight positive outcomes even during times of hardship.

“This year’s Overall winner, City of Monash, demonstrated great collaboration with the local community, business and industry to deliver a diverse and exciting array of projects highlighting a very strong commitment to developing and implementing sustainable practices and building a sustainability ethos across the region.”

Kirsty Richards, Keep Victoria Beautiful Board Member, congratulated City of Monash on undertaking some exceptional projects, which foster and support not only the community’s growth, but also set a positive environmental legacy for future generations.

“I am honoured to see such a high-calibre of finalists hailing from every corner of our amazing metro area, entering this year’s competition,” added Ms Richards.

City of Monash also won the Environment Award category; was Highly Commended in the Waste category and the Litter category; and was named Finalist in the Education category, the Social Well-Being category, Energy category and the Community category.

The inspiring Young Legends Award, which recognises a group or individual aged 25 years or younger who has shown outstanding commitment in taking action in environmental and community initiatives benefiting urban communities, was presented to Libby Fisher for her ‘Libby’s Koala and Wildlife Crusade project’. To date she has raised over $50,000, which supports volunteer wildlife carers and rescuers, and has created many practical projects that involved her community.

Caitlin Burns, 2020 Sustainable Cities Awards judge, believes that the Young Legends Awards provide an opportunity for young people who care about the environment, sustainability and community to shine and be recognised.

“The Awards bring to our attention the up-and-coming young people who are making a difference. These young individuals are future leaders who influence their peers and community.”
Andrew Kelly, the Yarra Riverkeeper, was presented with the prestigious Dame Phyllis Frost Award for his tireless work in protecting one of Melbourne’s most iconic natural icons – the Yarra River.

Following on from the founding Riverkeeper, Ian Penrose, together Ian and Andrew have built an organisation with a reputation for both on the ground work of environmental stewardship and water quality protection, as well as advocacy and public education.

This year, the Sustainable Cities program received 164 entries from over 18,000 active volunteers.

For the full list of Winners and Highly Commended entries, CLICK HERE