City of Canada Bay staff

23 September 2013 — The City of Canada Bay has won the Overall Sustainable Council Award in the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW’s 2013 Sustainable Cities Awards Program.

It is now in the running for the national awards in November.

Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said the city won the award for its “Sustaining our Environment” project – a combination of a range of initiatives aimed at protecting and preserving the environment.

“Some of the projects acknowledged as part of the award included our $3.7 million ‘Water for the Community’ stormwater project, our Community Energy Efficiency Program, new trials on waste processing, our commitment to sustainable events and a range of other recycling initiatives to name a few,” he said.

“We were assessed on our overall approach to the environment and won the award as a result of the diversity and quality of the projects and programs we deliver for our community.”

The City of Canada Bay also won the Heritage Council of NSW’s Heritage Awards for its “Our Local Heritage” project, which included three projects celebrating the city’s past.

These included:

  • Neighbourhood Stories – an initiative celebrating the North Strathfield community;
  • Growing up in Canada Bay – a photographic night where community members were invited to bring photos of Canada Bay to share; and
  • Innovations and Inventions in Canada Bay – an exhibition highlighting local inventions, including the Henry Goddard’s Camerated concrete home, the Victa mower and Toyne’s Rotary Clothes Hoist.

Meanwhile, the city is encouraging the community to say “no” to plastic bags by expanding the award-winning BagLess in the Bay program to Five Dock.

The program has been successfully rolled out into other regions in Canada Bay including Wareemba, Rodd, Point, Chiswick and Mortlake, and will now target the shopping precinct of Five Dock.

“BagLess in the Bay aims to reduce the use of plastic bags by business owners and shoppers and it has been a great success,” Ms Tsirekas said.

Plastic bags comprise a significant proportion of waste going to landfill and many end up in waterways, harming vegetation and wildlife.

A recent survey found 80 per cent of respondents said they used between one and 12 plastic bags every week. With a population of 78,000, that is around 3.2 million plastic bags being used annually in Canada Bay.

BagLess in the Bay was officially launched in Five Dock on 14 September, with businesses in the area provided with promotion materials to encourage shoppers to give up plastic bags.