KESAB Environmental Solutions

Mr DULUK (Davenport) (17:40): I also commend the member for Flinders for bringing this motion. I would like to make a few comments of support and, indeed, recognise the outstanding contribution that KESAB has made to South Australia and especially to our environment. I also congratulate them on their 50th anniversary. The exceptional commitment of many staff and volunteers over five decades has seen KESAB evolve from a humble community-based anti-litter campaign to an international player in environmental management.

Since its first anti-litter campaign in 1966, KESAB has conducted many campaigns aimed at reducing the litter stream, including Put It In a Bin, Drop Something Sport, Litter Can Be Lethal, Please Butt It Then Bin It and Litter Kills. In addition to these campaigns to promote community awareness, KESAB has been a leading environmental sustainability educator, running participation programs such as: Clean Site for the building and construction industry; Litter Less and Wipe Out Waste, which are school programs; PALYA Clean Communities to assist remote Indigenous lands; as well as council waste education and business waste audits.

KESAB has played an important role in improving South Australia's environmental sustainability since its beginning. Its exceptional work to increase awareness and understanding in the community is so important. KESAB teaches us about the importance of sustainability, recycling, waste reduction and water conservation. Indeed, this has helped South Australia become a leader in recycling rates and waste diversion in our beautiful nation.

It was very pleasing to see the United Nations Association of Australia recognise KESAB's outstanding contribution at the 2015 World Environment Day Awards. We also recently celebrated World Environment Day. Each year, awards are presented in recognition of innovative and outstanding environmental programs. Last year, KESAB was announced the winner of the sustainability education category for its creative and innovative approach in this area.

In 1978, KESAB commenced one of its most recognisable projects, Tidy Towns. This project was created for South Australian communities to actively and innovatively tackle local problems. It garnered widespread attention and community engagement. Over time, the program has expanded as our understanding and commitment to environmental challenges have grown. In 2009, Tidy Towns was rebranded to Sustainable Communities, with the focus expanding to include not only litter but also waste, water, education and innovation, biodiversity, conservation and energy.

The Sustainable Communities program has helped strengthen the sense of pride and ownership local residents have for their community and has been vital in engaging people to actively make a positive contribution to their local environment. I understand Sustainable Communities is the longest and largest environmental initiative in South Australia and KESAB is to be commended for such an outstanding contribution. In recent years, my electorate has benefited from many KESAB initiatives and I would like to acknowledge their efforts, including: the roadside clean-up of Manning Road and Happy Valley Drive through Flagstaff Hill and Aberfoyle Park, which was completed by the Aberfoyle and Districts Lions Club as well as the Rotary Club of Flagstaff Hill.

Other KESAB initiatives in my electorate include the 1,000 bin audit for Onkaparinga council in 2014; a successful Clean Site demonstration at Blackwood Park estate; the Shopping Centre Car Park Litter Prevention and Awareness Campaign, a joint initiative between KESAB, the Onkaparinga council and other partners; and hosting Earth Station schools day in Belair National Park in 2011. I would also like to make special mention of the Hawthorndene Kindergarten, which received a Wipe Out Waste award in 2015 for having the greatest reduction in materials to landfill for an early learning site. I will conclude by extending a warm thank you to KESAB for encouraging and motivating South Australians to make real and lasting changes within their communities.