A project by Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre has won the top Premier's Recognition Award in the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2013 for introducing recycling to a community housing estate.
The Ascot Vale Housing Estate Household Recycling project defied previous failed attempts to introduce recycling and established a successful, ground-breaking model using targeted and broad-ranging community engagement of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and lower Socio Economic Status (SES) groups. The project won the Community category of the awards and then went on to win the night's overall award.
For the first time in the awards' history, the Premier also chose Victoria Carpets as the winner of the inaugural Premier's Regional Recognition Award for a series of sustainability projects at their Bendigo Woollen Mill.
Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan, congratulated the Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre project team for their innovative work which delivered recycling to estate's residents, of whom 55 per cent were born overseas.
"A key initiative of this project was the focus on engaging residents from many cultural backgrounds with varying competency in English, in the importance of recycling," he said.
In its first six months, 52 tonnes of recyclables were recovered. Three of the 11 residents who worked on the project secured jobs as a result of their experience.
Now in their eleventh year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards celebrate efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices, the enhancement of the environment and effective, practical community action.
The full list of winners of the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2013 are:
- Innovative Products or Services Award - ModWood Technologies for development of Flame Shield®, a wood-plastic composite for building in bushfire areas
- Infrastructure and Buildings Award - RMIT University for their Swanston Academic Building: a progressive tertiary learning environment
- Environmental Protection Award - Mallee Catchment Management Authority's project: Restoring the balance in the drought-riven Hattah Lakes
- Education Award - Bentleigh Secondary College - a world recognised, very sustainable school
- Small and Medium Enterprises Award – Rae-Line for embedding sustainability practices in manufacturing soft trim components for trucks
- Large Business Award – Victoria Carpets for their work in energy and emissions reduction in their Bendigo plant
- Community Award - Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre, taking recycling to public housing residents
- The Premier's Regional Recognition Award - Victoria Carpets
Photographs from the Awards dinner and more information on the winners are available at sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au. To arrange interviews or for further media information contact Cath Newell on 0423 587 478.
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