07 May
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Keep Victoria Beautiful opens entries for Melbourne’s most prestigious sustainability awards

The Keep Victoria Beautiful (KVB) Sustainable Cities Awards are now accepting entries for 2020 to celebrate the achievements of metro Councils, community groups, businesses, schools and individuals in keeping our city sustainable.
These annual awards recognise projects that reduce litter, minimise waste, encourage recycling, promote heritage and culture, habitat, celebrate community spirit, sustainability and many other environmental endeavours.
Cr Dick Gross, Chair KVB, says the awards are designed to recognise and reward council and community groups that have made a significant contribution to the environment, wellbeing, strength and resilience of their area.
“This includes programs and projects that engage young people, address key social issues and problem, empower communities, restore the natural environment, preserve heritage and culture or reduce litter and waste,” explained Cr Gross.
Sabina Wills, Chief Executive KVB, sees taking part in the awards as rewarding and exciting.
“Entering the awards provides you with a wonderful opportunity to reflect on your achievements and work over the year”, commented Ms Wills.
“The benefits of taking part are many. Community groups, volunteers and hard work can gain recognition, in turn assisting with grant funding, future planning approvals and city-wide credibility.”
The awards, running since 2004, have enhanced public understanding of the environmental and social issues affecting metropolitan Melbourne.
“They encourage and empower people to play an active role in creating a sustainable future for their local area, helping Melbourne maintain its reputation as a prime model for sustainable practices across all sectors of the community and industry,” added Ms Wills.
Councils, businesses, NGOs, community groups, schools and individuals will be recognised at an awards event this November, with eligible Councils vying for the Sustainable City of the Year Award.
“We are taking ongoing advice of the impact COVID-19 will have on our events, and we will continue to update everyone as the situation changes,” explained Ms Wills.
“Currently, we have switched to all virtual judging for this year only, and the awards night could be held virtually to keep all our council members, volunteers, community members and staff safe.”
Entries for the 2020 awards are now open and we are actively calling on Councils across Victoria to get behind the event – either by participating themselves or by encouraging their communities to get involved.
Entries to the 2020 Awards close on Friday 12 June 2020.
For more information and to view this year’s categories, CLICK HERE.