SIX Illawarra beaches have been nominated for a Clean Beaches Award, a program run by Keep Australia Beautiful and sponsored by Sydney Water.
The beaches nominated are Stanwell Park, North Warilla, Port Kembla, City Beach (Wollongong), North Wollongong, and Belmore Basin. Stanwell Park was nominated for the beach’s litter and waste management.
Minister for the Illawarra Greg Pearce said the awards recognise residents and community groups who work hard to care for their local coastline and protect the environment.
“We all know that Illawarra beaches make up one of the most pristine pieces of coastline in Australia so it comes as no surprise that six of these beaches are in the running for such an award,” he said.
“Port Kembla and North Wollongong Beach have been nominated for the Water Conservation Award, with North Wollongong also in the running for six other awards including the State’s Overall Cleanest Beach Award,” he said.
Mr Pearce said assessors have visited the six nominated beaches to evaluate water and land care initiatives.
“The Clean Beaches Awards are presented to local councils, volunteers, surf lifesaving clubs and other community groups who care for dunes, protect habitats, educate the community, reduce litter and support tourism,” he said.
“This year we have seen an increased number of beach nominations in the Illawarra region from last year which proves this region showcases some of the best beaches the state has to offer.
“As we approach summer it’s great for local residents to know that they are swimming in some of the cleanest beaches in NSW and best of all, they’re right on our door step.
“I pay tribute to those residents who work hard to ensure Illawarra beaches are among the best in the state and wish all those nominated success in these awards.”
The Clean Beaches Program has been running since 2001 and this year’s winners will be announced in late November.