Sunshine Coast celebrates Sustainable Cities recognition
The thunder of applause for the winner of the Banksia Awards 2017 Sustainable Cities category may not have been for Mary Cairncross or Beerwah Depot last night (November 1), but Sunshine Coast Council is still celebrating having two finalists in the longest running, most prestigious, environmental awards in the world.
Banksia Award judge and Queensland Banksia representative Mark Thomson said Sunshine Coast Council was the only local government, NGO or company with two finalists in the awards and that, in itself, was a massive achievement.
“It’s obvious to me that Sunshine Coast Council’s approach to building sustainable cities is working.” Mr Thomson said.
“The difference in the two projects and the variety of sustainable design elements demonstrate that Sunshine Coast Council understand that sustainability must be focussed on tangible social, environmental and economic benefits.”
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Rainforest Discovery Centre and the Beerwah Depot were nominated in the Sustainable Cities category with both achieving finalist status in the National Awards.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said council had been on the sustainability journey for a number of years and had now reached a level where sustainable thinking permeated every area of council.
“Both Mary Cairncross and Beerwah Depot are fantastic examples of sustainable design,” Mayor Jamieson said.