Australian Tidy Towns judge on her way to Cooktown

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Friday 5 December 2014


Cooktown representatives are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Keep Australia Beautiful National Tidy Towns judge, Jill Grant, on Tuesday 9 December as it vies to become the 2015 winner of the Australian Tidy Towns Awards.

Ms Grant said “there are so many reasons why Cooktown has been chosen as the Queensland winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns program, and they will be very competitive when the national judging takes place. I can’t wait to visit and see all their achievements first hand.”

As part of her judging tour, Ms Grant will visit a number of the key environmental projects and initiatives in Cooktown that earned the town the Queensland state winner’s title this year. Last year the title was held by Mundubbera.

Cooktown are going head-to-head with six other finalists from around the country to vie for the “Australian Tidy Town” in 2015.

The other finalists include:

Gloucester – New South Wales
Titjikala – Northern Territory
Westbury – Tasmania
Beechworth – Victoria
Meningie – South Australia
Toodyay – Western Australia

The current Tidy Town title holder is Sheffield Tasmania, and this iconic award will be passed onto the new winner at the awards ceremony to be held there on 26 and 27 February 2015.

The National Tidy Towns Awards have been running since 1991. Nationally, there were 347 applicants, with 1335 category submissions.

The Australian Tidy Towns Awards are sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant and the Department for the Environment.



Judge Contact: Jill Grant 0411 652 895

National Media Comment:       Peter McLean, National Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful  Mob: 0416 227 158

National Media Contact: Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful  Tel: 02 9635 9510  

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.

About the Australian Tidy Towns Awards

These awards encourage, motivate and celebrate the achievements of rural and regional communities across Australia. Each year state and territory winners are announced between August and November. They then receive a visit from the Australian Tidy Towns Judge and the Australian Tidy Towns Awards are presented in February.

About Keep Australia Beautiful

Keep Australia Beautiful is the national peak body on litter prevention. With more than four decades of experience in engaging Australians to care for their local environments, (not to be confused with Clean Up Australia Day) KAB Programs include Sustainable Cities, Tidy Towns, Clean Beaches, National Litter Index, Eco-Schools, Adopt a Patch, and Keep Australia Beautiful Week in August.

The KAB National website is where all information on the organisation can be accessed including the National Litter Index, which is Australia’s only independent nation-wide litter research.

About Jill Grant


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