Today was Australia Day. Our 5 groups in the Kingston area, Aspendale, Parkdale, Mentone, Chelsea and Mordialloc won the Kingston council's Community award of the year for 2016. What a honour to be selected for this. At an Australia Day breakfast of about 200 people, the awards were given out to new citizens and also citizen of the year and community groups of the year award were given out. Led by Andrea from Aspendale we all got on the stage to receive the award and Andie gave a 2 min talk about BeachPatrol to a large round of applause. Well done to out Kingston groups.
Concurrently at the Bayside council's Australia Day Breakfast for similar awards, The BeachPatrol groups in that area, Brighton, Hampton, Sandringham and Rickets Point, collectively received that Community group of the year award.
Excellent effort from all these volunteer groups. Hopefully it shows the increasing importance being placed on litter and plastic waste entering our oceans.