Environmental News

Brisbane still leading in sustainability

David Curtin - Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Brisbane has been announced as Queensland's Cleaner Cities awards winner for the second year running by the NGO environmental movement; Keep Queensland Beautiful.

The Cleaner Cities Awards recognise the work of community groups, business, government, schools and individuals in creating cleaner urban communities.

The accolade encourages, motivates and celebrates the local achievements of urban communities across Queensland.

From an eligible 13 Council regions across Queensland, Brisbane City was rated highly across all eight (8) focus areas; Community Action and Partnerships, Litter Prevention, Resource Recovery and Waste Management, Environmental Innovation and Protection, Water Conservation, Energy Innovation, Heritage and Culture and Young Legends.

With a diverse range of projects assessed; Brisbane City Council has maintained their title as Queensland's most sustainable city for their commitment to reducing their environmental impact footprint and enhancing the lives of the whole community.

For example:

  • Council has a low emission bus fleet that is now 100% wheelchair accessible (from May 2015)
  • Roma Street Parkland has been awarded the first Queensland "Green Flag"
  • Brisbane Bin and Recycling smartphone application (launched November 2014) 
  • Tip Shops in partnership with Endeavour Foundation
  • Signatory to Flurocycle - recycling mercury based lamps
  • Garage Sale Trail partnership to encourage the reduce, reuse, recycle ethos across the City
  • Involvement in the Healthy Waterways Reusable Bottle Behaviour Change Program
  • Supporting the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (Habitat Brisbane, Creek Catchments and Environmental Education Centres)
  • a commitment for 40% bushland cover across Brisbane
  • Introduction and continued promotion of the Recycling Art Competition
  • Terracycle Cigarette Butt recycling trial; 100 bins collected 320 litres of cigarette butt waste
  • An impressive 50% reduction in littered items in the CBD and Fortitude Valley
  • 125 new recycling bins focused on away from home public place recycling
  • Litter Enforcement Team issued 6,680 infringement notices, attending 128 community events has seen a decrease in offences
  • Educational tools such as the Little Book of Litter
  • New litter prevention campaign encouraging residents and visitors to work together to keep Brisbane clean
  • A further 420 Council buses will be modified with a 5 minute idle shutdown to reduce carbon emissions
  • Established the Reduce Your Juice program with Citysmart, helping 1000 households save 19% off their annual electricity bills
  • Largest single purchaser in Australia of 100% Greenpower
  • A $120 million Better Bikeways program is the largest bikeway project in the World
  • A combined commitment of $10.7 million towards nine stormwater harvesting sites
  • Fostered an innovative and creative community with the Creative Brisbane: Creative Economy 2013-22 Strategy
  • The Mt. Coot-Tha Precinct underwent a four hectare expansion during the Legacy Way tunnel project, which has seen 31,000 native trees planted
  • and a continued effort Towards Zero Waste.

Brisbane City has quickly become a leader in sustainable practices, with the above dot points just some of the outstanding projects implemented by Council or supported by Council through partnerships with schools, businesses and community organisations.

Brisbane residents have a City to be proud of.