Australia’s Tidiest Town announced (WA)

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MEDIA RELEASE
Friday 18 March 2016

 

 

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Beth Frayne, Secretary of Toodyay Tidy Towns with Alice Rule, Keep Albany Beautiful President, and Dennis Wellington, Mayor of Albany. Photographer: Angie Roe.

Keep Australia Beautiful has announced the winners of the 2016 Australian Tidy Towns Awards. The sustainability and litter-fighting organisation set out to recognise the hard work undertaken by individuals and groups in rural communities and share these best practices and ideas to continue to improve our vibrant rural towns. Running since 1990, the national awards are sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant and the Department of the Environment.

The finalist for Western Australia Albany was awarded Heritage and Culture at the awards event hosted by 2015 title holder Toodyay in Western Australia on 18 March. Albany was also highly commended in Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention, Waste Management & Resource Recovery and Environmental Education. The overall Australian Tidy Towns win went to Triabunna, Tasmania.

Australian Tidy Towns judge Jill Grant said, “Albany’s position as a major deep water port and commercial centre for the distribution of agricultural products and commodities offers a streetscape and waterfront that reflects its long history.”

“The long indigenous history of the area and the efforts of the Menang people to preserve and celebrate their culture are demonstrated at various sites such as the iconic Oyster Harbour Fish Traps which date back over 6,500 years,” Ms Grant said.

Philip Robinson, CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful said, “A litter free environment is encouraged through an extensive network of well signed bins in streets and sporting facilities, and events such as regular clean up days that encourage community members to take action on improving their local area have been extremely successful.”

“It’s pleasing to see another year of high calibre National finalists from every corner of our amazing country,” Mr Robinson said.

The two-day event included a tour of Toodyay that showcased some of the town’s excellent projects which contributed to their win last year; an address by Rhys Williams, the 2015 WA Young Person of the year; highlights from Jill Grant’s judging tour; finalist case studies; as well as opportunities which allowed representatives the chance to share information and network with like-minded professionals from around Australia.

David Carter, CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) said, “The Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns program provides an important platform for communities and their local councils to share their achievements in litter prevention and environmental sustainability.”

“The APC is pleased to be a key supporter of the nation-wide KAB Tidy Towns awards and we congratulate all finalists and the 2016 award winners.”

This year the program received 308 applicants, with 1454 category submissions across councils, shires, community groups, schools, and individuals.

The full judge reports and winners book are available at kab.org.au.

Australian Tidy Towns winners table 2016

Category Winner Highly Commended
Community Action and Wellbeing Mundulla, SA

Mt Liebig, NT

Triabunna, TAS

Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention, Waste Management & Resource Recovery Orange, NSW

Albany, WA

Mt Liebig, NT

Environmental Sustainability Triabunna, TAS

Horsham, VIC

Orange, NSW

Heritage and Culture Albany, WA

Mt Liebig, NT

Roma, QLD

Young Legends Roma, QLD

Mundulla, SA

Triabunna, TAS

Environmental Education Horsham, VIC

Triabunna, TAS

Albany, WA

Mt Liebig, NT

Special Commendation Mt Liebig, NT
Overall Triabunna, TAS

ENDS

EDITOR’S NOTES:

Photo available 12 noon AEDT.

Judge Contact: Jill Grant jagrant5@bigpond.com 0411 652 895

National Media Comment: Philip Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful ceo@kab.org.au  0413 354 680

National Media Contact: Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful alice@kab.org.au  0416 768 387 

About the Australian Sustainable Communities Awards

Keep Australia Beautiful seeks to lead, challenge and inspire all Australians to strive for a sustainable and litter free environment.  It does this through research, communications programs and awards programs.

Its national awards are known as the Australian Sustainable Communities Awards which consist of the Tidy Towns, Sustainable Cities, and Clean Beaches Awards.  Each awards program commences with state and territory awards and culminates in a national Grand Final event.

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