Guilderton is not on trial, but it is before the judges. One of the real “jewel” locations in our region, Guilderton recently showcased its environmental assets, credentials, projects and initiatives as a finalist in the Western Australia’s Clean Beaches competition.
Putting its best natural attributes and efforts forward, the town went before national Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beaches judge Averil Bones last week. Guilderton is competing against five other national finalists from all around the country for the much-contested Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Clean Beaches Award for 2015.
“Guilderton is a special secret, and it’s obvious that people who have a special association with the place put substantial time and effort into making sure the beach and river stay clean and beautiful,” said Ms Bones.
“Community leaders have developed useful partnerships with Indigenous leaders, the shire council, businesses and tourism operators; and the fruits of their cooperation are plain to see,” she said. “Guilderton’s beach and river are real treasures.”
The Clean Beaches program was set up to recognise and reward local communities who actively work for cleaner, more sustainable coastal environments. The awards are presented to local councils, volunteers, surf lifesaving clubs, rangers, and community groups who implement initiatives that protect and care for dunes, waterways, and coastal habitats; and undertake other activities such as raising awareness, community engagement and education, reducing litter, preserving culture and heritage, and supporting eco-friendly tourism.
Guilderton Community Association president, Gillian Lamont said she credited Guilderton’s success in being a finalist to the hard work and huge number of volunteer hours that the community puts in to look after their unique coastal environment. Ms Lamont also acknowledged the tremendous support and assistance received from Northern Agricultural Catchments Council and Moore Catchment Council with their numerous projects – including the dune restoration work, and the programs planned for Water Quality Monitoring and Photo Monitoring.
Ms Bones said she was most impressed by everything she saw on the day, including the presentations given by the NACC and MCC representatives.
This year’s other Australian Clean Beach finalists are: Richardsons Beach (Tasmania); Bondi Beach (New South Wales); Burleigh Heads (Queensland); Port Julia (South Australia); and Garig Gunak Barlu (Northern Territory).
— Felicity Beswick (@FelicityBeswick) June 19, 2015
For more information about the Guilderton Clean Beaches Project, please contact Gillian Lamont on 0439 587 620 [email protected]
The Australian Clean Beaches Awards is sponsored by the Department for the Environment.