Media Releases 2011

2011 Yarra Sustainability Awards – Every idea is a winner

03 June 2011

Solar panels on the North Carlton LibraryA free service that transforms barely-used backyards into productive food gardens was among the award-winning ideas recognised at the 2011 Yarra Sustainability Awards this month.

Melbourne Permablitz channels the energy of volunteer crews made up of friends and neighbours to transform backyards in an afternoon or weekend, and has so far performed 100 garden blitzes in Melbourne.

Local schools, businesses, community organisations and residents also scooped up awards for their forward-thinking efforts to create a more sustainable community.

Yarra Mayor Alison Clarke was impressed with the sophistication of many entries and the enthusiasm shown across the community for living more lightly.

“We started these awards last year as a way of congratulating Yarra residents and businesses who are making changes so their everyday lives are more sustainable, and making those changes smartly too,” Cr Clarke said

“The ideas submitted by entrants are innovative, and in most cases, easy enough for you and me to copy at home or work.

“This year, we had brilliant applications across all categories, and choosing the winners was extremely difficult.

“From Alby Clark’s neighbourhood garden in Collingwood to Beyond Zero Emissions’ blueprint for making Australia carbon neutral by 2020 using available technology, Yarra people are really leading the way on sustainability.”

The Yarra Sustainability Awards are a Council initiative to celebrate and promote excellent and inclusive sustainable practices in the local community.

A list of the winning and highly commended entries in the 2011 awards can be viewed on Council’s website at


For more information about this release, please contact
Toby Walker
Senior Communications Officer
9205 5120




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