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NSW council website nominated for prestigious online award

Randwick Council’s website ‘Our Beach Pollution Ends Here’, which encourages residents to ‘adopt’ a drain in a bid to raise awareness and reduce stormwater pollution of Sydney’s beaches, has been nominated for a Webby Award, one of internet’s most prestigious awards.

The site was launched in November last year and forms the central part of a larger campaign to improve beach water quality. It is one of five nominees in the category of Websites: Government & Civil Innovation.

Our Beach Pollution Ends Here site is a key educational element for the council according to Randwick mayor, Danny Said.

“Keeping our beaches clean is a priority for us. Randwick Council maintains 35 gross pollutant traps that help to filter stormwater and prevent larger items from entering our waterways.

“But the only way to stop micro particles such as vehicle exhaust particles, chemicals and fertilisers from entering our beaches is to stop it from going down the drain in the first place, he said.

Team effort

Said says he is delighted, but not surprised, that a project worked on by the Communications, Business Systems, Spatial Systems, Technology Systems, Engineering and Environmental Health teams at Randwick City is considered worthy of competing with the best on the internet.

“This is an incredible achievement and I commend the staff who worked on it as well as the two external agencies we worked with, Paper Cranes and Ernst & Young.

I encourage absolutely everyone to get behind this initiative and vote for the Beach Pollution Ends Here website in the People’s Voice category.

The Randwick Council nomination is up against a NASA website that explores how their technologies impact people’s everyday life, USAFacts which provides an overview of American government data, Vote411 which offers election-related information and The Perfect Candidate, a data driven site created by Australian Futures Project that aims to shift the national conversation from short-term problems to long-term solutions.

The Webbys are presented annually by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a judging body composed of over two thousand industry experts and technology innovators. Past winners include Google, National Geographic, Nike, ESPN, NASA, Spotify, Instagram and The National Film Board of Canada.

Last year, people cast more than 3 million votes from 230+ countries and territories worldwide, and the site was visited by more than 5 million people.