Brisbane crowned Australia’s Most Sustainable City

Brisbane’s green credentials continue to grow, with Brisbane City Council taking out the top gong at the 2016 Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Sustainable Cities Awards.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Brisbane was proud to be recognised as Australia’s Most Sustainable City for the second time by the country’s peak litter prevention body.

“This is a huge honour for Council, which recognises the hard work Council, along with community groups and individuals are contributing to ensure our city is clean, green and sustainable,” Cr Quirk said.

“Council also took out the Environmental Sustainability award, and this national recognition is a testament to the range of initiatives Council is undertaking across the city.

“Several Council initiatives were recognised as part of the Awards, including Council’s commitment of being completely carbon neutral in 2017 – making Brisbane City Council Australia’s largest certified carbon neutral organisation.

“We are also committed to sustainability through our continued investment in public transport with a world class, low emissions bus fleet, and fast-tracking the acquisition of 750 hectares of at-risk bushland over the next four years with the goal of achieving 40 per cent bushland cover by 2031.”

Council took out the top gong competing against several other finalists including Albany in Western Australia, Randwick City Council in New South Wales, City of Yarra in Victoria, and Glenorchy City Council in Tasmania.

The Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Sustainable Communities Awards have been running since 2007 and encourage, motivate and celebrate the local sustainability achievements of urban communities across Australia.

Council was previously named Australia’s Most Sustainable City in 2014, and has also achieved top prizes in the Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention and Energy Innovation categories.

Council was also last week crowned winner of the Sustainable Heritage Award as part of the Queensland Premier’s Sustainability Awards. This recognised Council’s efforts to restore ANZAC Square in partnership with the State Government.

For more information on Council’s sustainability initiatives, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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