Region's beaches clean up at awards

Two of Wollongong's most popular beaches have been named winners at the state's Clean Beaches awards announced in Sydney yesterday.

North Wollongong Beach won the water conservation award and was highly commended in the overall category, where top honours were reserved for the South Coast's Huskisson Beach, named the best beach in NSW.

Wollongong City Beach won the best city beaches category and was highly commended in the community partnerships and action section.

The awards, presented in Palm Beach by Keep Australia Beautiful NSW acting chief executive Bernie Murphy, recognise coastal communities, councils, volunteers and surf lifesaving club members who look after the state's beaches.

"Wollongong City Council and the communities involved have demonstrated commitment to this busy stretch of coastline; the beaches and surrounds wouldn't be in the state they're in had it not been for planning, strategy and concern for the environment," Mr Murphy said.

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