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Lord Mayor celebrates Brisbane's most spotless suburbs

20 August, 2013

Lord Mayor celebrates Brisbane’s most spotless suburbs

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is today praising the latest littering achievements from across the city at the Spotless Suburbs Awards, noting a 50 per cent reduction in rubbish on city streets over the past four years.

The Lord Mayor said the efforts of residents were helping to build Brisbane’s reputation as a clean and green city.

“Being a spotless city is an achievement we hold in high esteem and it’s important to recognise the contribution that residents make to realise this,” Cr Quirk said.

“It is also more important than ever to continue on this path, as we move towards hosting the G20 summit next year and being able to present our city to the world.

“On a day-to-day basis however, I thank residents for doing the right thing with their rubbish, and I think these latest stats are something we can all be proud of.”

Cr Quirk said the latest analysis showed a 50 per cent reduction in littering within the high traffic areas of the CBD and Fortitude Valley precincts, over the past four years.

“Council has been leading the way in litter prevention programs with projects focusing on rolling out bins with increased capacity, and introducing recycling bins,” he said.

“There are now around 340 street litter bins strategically positioned around the CBD and this combined with increased capacity has gone a long way towards eliminating overflowing bins at peak times and improving the city’s amenity.

“We have also introduced extensive Public Place Recycling in the CBD and Valley as part of our larger bin roll-out, which has helped divert more than 133 tonne of waste from landfill in this last financial year.”

The Lord Mayor made the positive comments about the city’s overall amenity at today’s Spotless Suburbs Awards, at which he crowned Wilston Grange with the top honour.

The awards, which are now in their fifth year, are an initiative of Keep Queensland Beautiful, in partnership with Council and SITA Australia, to promote a cleaner, greener, litter-free city.

Cr Quirk said it was the second win in a row for Wilston Grange, following their efforts to keep the area free from litter and graffiti. Page 1 of 2

“I congratulate Wilston Grange for their efforts and for their continual work to keep their suburb pristine and contribute to the city’s overall amenity,” he said.

“The 2013 entries demonstrated that the Brisbane community is keen to help improve litter reduction and increase recycling.”

Council’s monthly litter counting rates in the CBD and Fortitude Valley precincts are currently sitting at 44 pieces per count area, which was a vast improvement on the pre-June 2009 average of 94.

The Lord Mayor also announced the winners of the other Spotless Suburbs categories including:

Overall Spotless Suburbs Winner 2013 - Wilston Grange Business Community
Pride – Balaangala Community Garden & Yoorala Community Garden
Partnerships – Western Districts Netball Association
Litter Management – Wilston-Grange Business Community
Judge’s Litter Champion – Cannon Hill Bushcare Group
Environmental Protection – Cannon Hill Bushcare Group

Overall Primary School winner 2013 - Zillmere State School
Overall High School winner 2013 - Mansfield State High
Pride – Oakleigh SS
Partnerships- Yeronga SHS
Litter management – Our Lady of Help Christian School, Hendra
Young Litter Legends- Our Lady of the Rosary School, Kenmore
Resource Management – St Aidans Anglican Girls School, Corinda
Environmental Protection – Mansfield SHS

[Ends] AUGUST 20, 2013

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