AN ELATED Mike Sheppard of the Jurien Bay Progress Association was presented with the top state winners’ Clean Beaches Award for the stunning town beach in Jurien Bay.
He accepted the award on behalf of the community of Jurien Bay.
Mr Sheppard received the award from the Minister for Environment and Water, Bill Marmion.
Mr Marmion congratulated the community of Jurien Bay and said their Town Beach won because of the enormous community effort that had gone into the improvement and protection of the beach.
“In addition to the community raising half the funds to construct a new jetty, the Jurien Bay Progress Association conducts beach clean-ups and works with local businesses to minimise plastic bag usage in order to reduce litter on the beach,” he said.
“With a predicted population growth of 150 per cent over the next 15 years, work is being done to protect Jurien Bay Town Beach from future pressures and provide amenities at the beach to service a much larger population.”
The competition, organised by Keep Australia Beautiful WA and Surf Life Saving WA, encourages care, protection and management of Western Australia’s coastal regions.
Nine beaches were eligible for the top award.
Jurien Bay won two of its entered categories: the Community Action award which recognises outstanding community organisation and pride expressed through civic, cultural and environmental activities; and the Litter Prevention award, for outstanding accomplishment in litter prevention, management and education including sound and proactive litter prevention, management and education activities.
“It was only through the joint efforts of the local community, Shire of Dandaragan, local businesses and coast care group that we have achieved this award,” Mr Sheppard said.