Whyalla City Council has won two awards in the KESAB (Keep South Australia Beautiful) Sustainable Communities awards ceremony.
The first award was for the category of Natural Environment. This award was given for the work Council does to preserve and enhance the Natural Environment. Some examples that were mentioned at the awards ceremony include, our works for the Hummock Hill upgrade, where development was sympathetic to the resident Gidgee Skinks, and the use of local indigenous plants. The success of recent works at the Whyalla Wetlands was also mentioned. This can largely be attributed to the implementation of the Wetlands 5 Year Remedial Works Program.
The second award (which is a major award) was the Clean Beaches Winner, for the works that have been performed at the Whyalla foreshore over recent years, such as landscaping, stormwater management and sand replenishment. This is a fantastic achievement that can be shared by all that have contributed to make our beach judged best regional beach in the state. Subsequently, we are now National Finalists in the KAB (Keep Australia Beautiful) Clean Beaches awards, with the ceremony scheduled for early next year. Whyalla City Council will work hard on the next stage of the competition application process, to ensure that we have the best opportunity to take out the top prize.
Commendation awards were also won by Barry Brougham and Nick Kriticos from the Cultana Jenkins Shack Owners Association CJSA, for their unrelenting efforts to preserve the Shingle Dunes at Fitzgerald Bay and Douglas Point, from the actions of careless drivers of off-road vehicles.
Whyalla Council representative Sam Bourne
Whyalla Council representative Sam Bourne accepting