Shellharbour Council chasing green award

Rewarding sustainability: Mick Fields and Jill McNeill at Beaky Bay. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Rewarding sustainability: Mick Fields and Jill McNeill at Beaky Bay. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Shellharbour City Council's record on sustainability issues was put on the line on Wednesday as part of its bid for the Keep NSW Beautiful organisation's Overall Sustainable Council Award.

Sustainability initiatives designed to improve the environment were showcased to assessor Jill McNeill during the day.

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said environmental processes and diversification of the economy through the creation of The Waterfront, Shell Cove development was showcased, as was the protection and conservation of local heritage at the Tongarra Museum and the "living classroom" project developed at Mt Terry Public School with the support of the council.

The tour included the Dunmore Recycling and Waste Disposal Depot where waste initiatives, including the gas collection and flaring project, were discussed and the tour concluded at Bass Point.

The winner of the award is expected to be announced in July.

Cr Saliba said council community projects to improve sustainability such as Growing Minds Greening Communities and Economic Gardening as well as the internal process of improving sustainability as an organisation, known as the Environmental Leadership program, were also addressed as part of the award assessment process.

"This year the council implemented a number of strategies at our Australia Day Breakfast by the Lake event to reduce the waste that would normally go to landfill by 90 per cent," Cr Saliba said.

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