At the Garden Route Initiative Session on Friday 27 June, Eden District Municipality Mayor Wessie van der Westhuizen (third from right) handed over a cheque of R20 300 to facilitate the Blue Flag application for 2014. With him are, from left: Eden's Clive Africa, Wessa's Lorraine McGibbon, Eden's Vernon Gibbs-Halls, Eden District Councillor Henry McComby and Wessa's Christine Ridge-Schnaufer. Photo: Pauline Lourens
GEORGE NEWS - The Wilderness Blue Flag Beach is again set to renew its Blue Flag status for the 2014/15 year when a cheque was handed over by Eden Mayor Wessie van der Westhuizen at the recent Garden Route Initiative Session on Friday 27 June.
This will mark the third consecutive year that Wilderness Beach holds this national environmental accolade.
The Blue Flag application has been completed by Eden's environmental officer Vernon Gibbs-Halls and sent in for evaluation by programme custodians the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (Wessa).
The Wilderness Blue Flag programme is a multi-stakeholder effort involving Eden District, SANParks, the Wilderness Ratepayers Association and the National Department of Environmental Affairs Working for the Coast.
In October this year, Knysna will play host to the National Blue Flag Launch 2014 where National Minister Derek Hanekom will hand over Blue Flags to all of South Africa's beaches who qualify.
More than 4 000 sites were awarded the world's leading eco-label for the 2014 season by the Blue Flag International Jury on 9 April in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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