“This cohesive and innovative community on Tasmania’s east coast has turned itself from a period of economic and social adversity towards an optimistic future through integrated projects and creative collaborations that capitalise on the natural and cultural assets of the town and region.” – Jill Grant
The combination of vision and guidance provided by the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council and the dedicated and consistent efforts of community organisations and volunteers have resulted in numerous initiatives that preserve and enhance environmental quality and celebrate and showcase Triabunna’s long history including its links to agriculture, fishing and forestry.
There is a strong investment in a future providing sustainable employment opportunities and a rich artistic and educational base for new industries and ventures that capture the special character of the area. The focus on preservation and interpretation of the marine environment and surrounding coastal attractions, including nearby Maria Island, has the potential to significantly develop local tourism and aquaculture industries and their related service sectors. The emphasis on improving the amenity and accessibility of the town through sensitively designed signage, infrastructure and community buildings enhances Triabunna’s economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Mount Liebig, NT
“The sense of arrival at this spectacular and culturally significant community is matched by the impressive array of projects that have been generated to improve both the aesthetic appeal and environmental health of the community.” – Jill Grant
While Mount Liebig (Watiyawanu) did not take out a category win at this year’s awards, an impressive four highly commended mentions meant they couldn’t go home without due recognition.
Keeping culture strong and people connected to the land and each other are core to the community. They actively encourage the retention and promotion of traditional knowledge and customs, and the Dreamtime story of the Willy Wagtail bird is celebrated in song and dance. Local artists exhibit their creativity through objects, storyboards and murals around the town.