Swansea, Australia's tidiest town for 2007, is in the news again - this time for its unique, new "recycled" jetty.
The jetty - the first in Tasmania to be built mainly from recycled materials - incorporates thousands of recycled plastic bottles, an ideal construction material because it does not rot like timber or corrode like metals.
It is estimated that the recycled plastic in the jetty has prevented 89,527 three litre plastic milk bottles from being sent to landfill.
Even the removal of the old jetty was conducted with recycling as a prime consideration, as the timber from the old jetty will be used in the development of the new streetscape for Swansea.
The new jetty cost ,000 and was funded by the State Government.
It is designed to cater for the boating community and at the same time responds to a community sentiment that wanted a jetty that would be a local amenity for walking, fishing and sightseeing.
Meanwhile, the Keep Australia Beautiful Council (Tasmania) has received a ,000 grant from the State Government in recognition of its ongoing commitment to engage communities on environmental issues and to encourage energy conservation, waste minimisation and recycling.
The grant contributes to one of the council’s major programs, the Spring Clean Tasmania Tidy Town Awards, which have been operating for 27 years to engender a concept of well-being through self help and contribution to the community.
The hotly-contested awards involved more than 20,000 Tasmanians across the State and this year’s winner, Swansea, also won the coveted title of Australia’s tidiest town.
The annual grant to the council was increased this year by ,000 to support the Clean Beach Challenge Program.
Run in conjunction with the Tidy Towns competition the competition gives coastal communities an opportunity to showcase their beaches and their contribution to their care.
This year’s winner of Tasmania’s Clean Beach Challenge was Boat Harbour Beach.