[caption id="attachment_2684" align="aligncenter" width="471" caption="L - R: Hon Jann Stuckey (Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business & the Commonwealth Games), Rick Burnett (CEO Keep Australia Beautiful), Cr Chris Robbins (Division 14), Peter Doggett (CEO Connecting Southern Gold Coast Ltd)"][/caption] Currumbin Beach on the Southern Gold Coast has been named as Australia’s Cleanest Beach in today’s Keep Australia Beautiful awards, beating some of Australia’s other iconic beaches including Huskisson NSW, Frankston VIC, Holdfast Bay SA, and Godfreys Beach TAS. “I am absolutely thrilled to see the hard work of the local community acknowledged and rewarded by this national title,” Ms Stuckey said. “Residents of Currumbin are well aware we have something pretty special here on the southern Gold Coast, and it is fantastic to see that Keep Australia Beautiful agrees. “Congratulations must be extended to everyone involved for their combined efforts that have resulted in Currumbin being declared Australia’s Cleanest Beach 2013. We are a tight-knight and proud community. “I extend an invitation to all Australians to visit our little slice of heaven, with our world-famous beaches just one of the numerous attractions we have on offer here. “From our stunning foreshores to the hidden treasures of our valleys, Currumbin is blessed with natural attributes and caring, community minded residents. Keep Queensland Beautiful CEO, Rick Burnett, said the win was fantastic recognition for the efforts of the local community and the Gold Coast City Council, and presented another great opportunity for Queensland tourism. “I would like to thank the local volunteers in the beach-care groups, and all those local residents who take pride in keeping this wonderful beach and marine environment so well maintained and litter-free. Ms Stuckey said she had organised for stickers promoting this announcement to be printed and encouraged anyone interested to drop by or call her office on (07) 5598 1387. Beaches are judged on eight key criteria including Community Action and Partnerships, Litter Prevention, Young Legends, Heritage and Culture, Resource Recovery and Waste Management, Water Conservation, and Energy Innovation. The City of Gold Coast cares for Currumbin beach in partnership with the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management, Bond University Student Philanthropy Council, Griffith University Student Linx, Friends of Currumbin, Currumbin Beach Vikings SLSC, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Currumbin RSL, SWELL Sculpture Festival, The Ecovillage at Currumbin, Gold Coast Surf World, Gecko - Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council, Volunteer Marine Rescue, local schools and youth development organisations (e.g. Scout groups). This year is the second time in the last three years that a Southern Gold Coast beach has won the title of Australia’s cleanest beach. The 2011 winner was Tallebudgera. Join the conversation on social media #currumbin CSGC supports the Currumin Australia's Cleanest Beach Sticker Campaign. You can collect the stickers (pictured below) from Minister Jann Stuckey's Currumbin Electorate office Suite 1, Samuel Plaza, 1045 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach QLD 4221.