4 December 2013 — Randwick Council has taken out the top honour at the NSW Local Government Excellence in the Environment Awards for its Sustaining Our City initiative.

The environmental levy-funded program, which has been in place for a decade, has contributed to upgrades to the Coastal Walkway, stormwater reuse programs, new cycling paths, the annual Eco-living Fair, community and school gardens, school holiday coastal and marine programs, and the installation of solar panels on community buildings.

President of Local Government NSW, Keith Rhoades, paid tribute to Council’s stormwater harvesting projects, which have helped to save the community at least 150 million litres of water. Another stand out: diverting more than 50 per cent of the City’s waste away from landfill, by providing a permanent e-waste drop-off and collection point, and improving the rate of recycling within the community.

Randwick Mayor Scott Nash said: “I’m humbled that Randwick Council has been recognised for its commitment to environmental initiatives. Our local environment is one of our greatest assets and our community agrees – the annual Eco-living Fair, which attracts more than 5000 people, is a celebration of that.

“The Sustaining Our City program has been in place for almost 10 years and has funded many important environmental projects. I’d also like to thank local residents and ratepayers for their ongoing support for the program. Their support has given us the means to deliver these important environmental initiatives.”

The Awards were announced at a special presentation at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum and attracted almost 90 nominations from more than 50 councils across the state.