Sustainable Cities Awards
The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder took out the top spot in the Heritage and Culture Category at Keep Australia Beautiful’s Australian Sustainable Cities Award, held in Brisbane on Friday, November 13th 2016. The national award recognises outstanding commitment to the conservation and celebration of a community’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous heritage and culture.
Chairman of Keep Australia Beautiful Council (WA) Mel Hay said the win acknowledges the many diverse initiatives that the City has implemented to celebrate its colourful history.
“The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has done a wonderful job with some great projects and events that bring a lot of life to the City, and this recognition is wholeheartedly deserved,” he said.
“The Karlkurla Dreaming Cultural Trail, for instance, is a fascinating guided walk through native bushland to celebrate and preserve local Indigenous culture. Participants learn about bush tucker, native flora and fauna and Dreamtime stories, and attendees have been thrilled with the experience.”
National Judge Sean Rooney visited Kalgoorlie-Boulder on 16 October and praised the City’s commitment to reviving historically significant sites, such as the Burt Street Revitalisation Project.
“Restoring the façades of forty-one properties to their glory of a century ago was a great example of collaborative effort, with the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Burt Street property owners, the Heritage Council of WA and State architects working together. I’m also excited to see the completion of the upgrade to the Goldfields War Museum, which was extensively damaged in the earthquake of 2010.”
As well as winning the Heritage and Culture award, the City was highly commended in the Environmental Sustainability category.
Tidy Towns Awards – Sustainable Communities 2015
Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group, in collaboration with the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, entered Kalgoorlie – Boulder into the state-level Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Competition and won the 2015 State Awards for Water Conservation & Energy Innovation.
This is once again a wonderful achievement for Kalgoorlie-Boulder and big congratulations to all the winners in the region!