What makes a beach the cleanest? Is it clean sand, good water quality and no litter? Litter prevention, water conservation, energy efficiency and environmental innovation? Or is it the community action to keep it clean? What about the all the above? I agree with the later, plus the partnerships to achieve the cleanest.
So, which beach on the Gold Coast is the cleanest? The correct answer is Currumbin! The beautiful, much-loved Currumbin Beach took out the top prize of winning Keep Queensland Beautiful’s Clean Beaches competition for 2012-13, with the status of Queensland’s Cleanest Beach.
Fortunately, over the years I’ve have had the pleasure working with the local community of Currumbin Beach and I can only imagine how thrilled they are to hear the news. This is a huge honour and shows recognition for all those that love Currumbin too. Hats off to Gold Coast City Council, who play a huge role in managing Currumbin Beach. It is a huge task and they wouldn’t be able to do it without the help from the dearest Friends of Currumbin, BeachCare volunteers, Vikings Surf Life Saving Club, the ladies at SWELL Sculpture Festival and the much dedicated staff at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, plus ‘The Alley’ Boardriders Club, etc.
What is outstanding at Currumbin Beach is the how the many businesses, organisations, groups and individuals keep their patch in check, which together creates incredible, sellable capacity – hence, amounts to winning such a prestigious award.
I am sure this award will only excite the local community to continue to keep the much-loved Currumbin Beach the cleanest; and the local BeachCare group to keep at that Siratro!
I must personally acknowledge Keep Queensland Beautiful for their ongoing commitment to the Clean Beaches competition and the City of Gold Coast for supporting the engagement process to make this happen.
It’s an all rounder cleanest beach day at Currumbin today! For more information about the Clean Beaches competition, download the paper I presented at QLD Coastal Conference in 2011 – THERE IS NO I IN A CLEAN BEACH- TALLEBUDGERA BEACH SWEEPS AWARD-WINNING PARTNERSHIPS INTO CLEAN BEACH ACTION!_Edwards, N (2011)