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Coromandel nominated for two Keep NZ Beautiful awards

20 August 2018

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 our new Hot Water Beach toilet in the Best Loo Award.

Hot Water Beach Toilet July 2018

"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.

Plastic-Free Coromandel Town organiser Judy Rooney says the group is thrilled and extremely proud to be one of the finalists for this award.

"We now have a fantastic team of people and hundreds of supporters all working towards a plastic-bag-free Coromandel Town.  We have come a long way in the last year. We have sewn (and sold for a koha) hundreds of reusable bags made from donated fabric, hosted two successful plastic-bag-free days in town, had stalls and educational displays at local events, shown a free movie, and given away and raffled sustainable plastic-free products and prizes.  We have been so encouraged by the support from the community, including businesses in Coromandel Town," says Judy.

Meanwhile, our Council's new 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 have increased the number of toilets from 5 to 8, along with a new changing room and a coin-operated hot shower.

The new facility sits on the existing building's footprint and will have a 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.

Plastic-Free Coromandel Town

Photo File: Some of the wonderful team from the Plastic-Free Coromandel Town group