Wednesday, 19 September 2018

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Coromandel nominated for two Keep NZ Beautiful awards

The Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards 2018 have just been announced with two finalists coming from the Coromandel - the Plastic-Free Coromandel Town group in the Community Group Award, along with the new Hot Water Beach toilet in the Best Loo Award.

"This is awesome news and reflects what our Coromandel communities care about and is truly special and unique about our place - our environment," says Thames-Coromandel District Mayor Sandra Goudie.

The Best Loo Award recognises the best public loo in the country. Judges take into consideration the location, facilities, cleanliness, interior, exterior, and the surrounding environment of the loo.

The Community Group Award recognises and honours a not-for-profit community group or organisation that contributes to enhancing the environmental and social aspects of their region, and shows a strong sense of community spirit.

The Plastic-Free Coromandel Town has led a number of initiatives including plastic-bag-free days in Coromandel Town with great success and support from local businesses to withold plastic bags on these days, while the group had stalls around town offering sewn re-usable fabric bags for a small koha.

Meanwhile, TCDC's new and improved toilets at Hot Water Beach have also been recognised as an award finalist. The toilets have a "Timber Wave" design, which reflects the beach's popularity with surfers and swimmers alike, and the number of toilets has increased from five to eight. There is also a new changing room and a coin-operated hot shower.

The new facility sits on the existing building's footprint and has timber finish.

The winners will be announced at the Beautiful Awards Gala Dinner in Auckland on Friday 26 October. If you’d like to read more on the awards or buy tickets, you can visit the Keep New Zealand beautiful website here.

About the Beautiful Awards:

The Beautiful Awards celebrate environmental excellence and recognise positive actions taken by communities, businesses, schools, individuals and councils, in local and urban areas to protect and enhance their local environments. This competition is open to all individuals, environmental groups, schools, businesses and councils to enter each year.
The 17 official awards are across five categories: Individuals, Communities, Businesses, Places, Small and Large Towns and Cities

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