Victor Harbor wins overall Australian Tidiest Town 2013

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Friday 17 May 2013 AEST 4.30pm
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Keep Australia Beautiful, Tidy Towns awards at Caloundra, Sunshi

Front row: John Phillips KESAB environmental solutions, Patrica Chigwidden City of Victor Harbor, Don Chambers KABNA Chair, Mayor Graham Philp.

Back row: Andrew Panozzo Investigator College Incorporated, Lindsay Smith City of Victor Harbor, Alex Hammett KESAB environmental solutions, Tracy Shackleton Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

The South Australian town of Victor Harbor has been named the Overall Winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2013. The announcement was made at the national awards ceremony hosted by the 2012 overall winner, Caloundra, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland on Friday 17 May.

The Australian Tidy Towns Program recognises the hard work undertaken by rural and regional community groups, schools, businesses, individuals and councils, and showcases innovative ideas and initiatives that improve sustainability in our regional areas.

Victor Harbor is currently recognised as having the third largest concentration of solar panels in Australia, with some 3,280 houses in Victor Harbor having at least a 1.5kWh system in place, with some houses installing 7.2kWh systems. Their uptake of solar energy is remarkable, currently Energy savings are currently estimated at $280,000 per year with a corresponding carbon saving of approximately 3,000 tons.

KESAB environmental solutions (Keep Australia Beautiful SA) Executive Director John Phillips OAM said, “Years of hard work have culminated in the community winning the National Award, underpinned by Councils drive and community participation working towards sustainability. Victor Harbor are to be commended both for their environmental and community initiatives, that not only make Victor Harbor an attractive place to live and visit, but contribute towards the environmental sustainability of the south coast.”

In addition to winning the overall Australian title Victor Harbor collected the Energy Innovation award, as well as the Young Legends award, which was presented  by Georgia Taylor, the Queensland representative for Keep Australia Beautiful  LITTLE Committee.  Their efforts were also recognised, with a highly commended award for Resource Recovery and Waste Management.

Other initiatives that contributed to the Overall award were; the Victor Harbor heritage trail that highlights Aboriginal, European and Natural heritage; waste water reuse scheme, revegetation projects at the Bluff; and Kent Reserve and outstanding sustainability initiatives by Investigator College.

National Tidy Towns judge Dick Olesinski OAM said “Victor Harbor and its residents have a proud commitment to Tidy Towns in South Australia, together with overall sustainability initiatives as well as other related environmental and beautification programs conducted throughout the community. Extensive business and community partnerships are also evident and celebrate numerous activities that help make Victor Harbor a special part of the country.”

Peter McLean, National Chief Executive Officer for Keep Australia Beautiful said “Victor Harbor ticks all the boxes when it comes to Australia’s Tidy Town. Victor Harbor exhibits exceptional achievements in heritage, sustainability, youth engagement, and is a must visit destination for anyone wanting a great tourism experience.”

The awards event included a tour of Caloundra showcasing some of the coastal town’s excellent projects which contributed to their win last year. A speed networking section after lunch allowed representatives the chance to share information and network with like minded professionals from around Australia.

Chris Jeffreys, National Program Manager from the Packaging Stewardship Forum “congratulates Victor Harbor and their community who worked collaboratively to achieve the highly commended Resource Recovery and Waste Management Award as well as the Overall Australian win!  Tidy Towns awards can only be achieved where there is a good level of community participation and social capital. The grass roots programs offered by Keep Australia Beautiful provides opportunities for councils and their communities to showcase their achievements towards sustainability.

Packaging Stewardship Forum programs focus on resource recovery, away from home recycling and anti littering which are complimented by Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns Program. All councils and their communities who make the effort to participate in the awards program across Australia should be encouraged and congratulated.”

2013 marks 45 years of the Tidy Towns awards in Australia, with Keep Australia Beautiful receiving 1180 initiatives nationally, from over 300 entrants across councils, shires, community groups, schools and individuals.

The Australian Tidy Towns Awards are sponsored by the Do the Right Thing Program of the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Packaging Stewardship Forum.



Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Tidy Towns Awards winners 2013

Award Winner
Community Action and Partnerships Armidale NSW
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Latrobe TAS
Resource Recovery and Waste Management Armidale NSW
Environmental Innovation and Protection Hedland WA
Water Conservation Wycheproof VIC
Energy Innovation Victor Harbor SA
Heritage and Culture (tie) Wugularr NT
Heritage and Culture (tie) Longreach QLD
Young Legends Victor Harbor SA
Overall Victor Harbor SA

Highly Commended Awards

Award Winner
Community Action and Partnerships Commendation Hedland WA
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Commendation Wycheproof VIC
Resource Recovery and Waste Management Commendation Victor Harbor SA
Environmental Innovation and Protection Commendation Latrobe TAS
Water Conservation Commendation Armidale NSW
Energy Innovation Commendation Wugularr NT
Young Legends Commendation Longreach QLD

Previous Australian Tidy Towns Winners 


Mt Tyson QLD


Mount Gambier SA


Forbes NSW


Lucindale SA


Naracoorte SA


Kiama NSW


Stanley TAS


awards not held


Denmark WA


Goolwa SA


Batchelor NT


Horsham VIC


Soldier’s Point / Salamander Bay NSW


Wyalkatchem WA


Port Vincent SA


Mount Gambier SA


Collie WA


Swansea TAS


Toowoomba, QLD


Tamworth NSW


Beechworth VIC


Lithgow NSW


Caloundra QLD

About Victor Harbor

Situated 80km away, Victor Harbor is just over 1 hour’s drive south from Adelaide. The historic whaling station town has a strong and extremely interactive community with a high tourism focus, and it is a popular year round holiday destination. With a southern ocean frontage, the panoramic views of the rugged granite landmark bluff and the well-known Granite Island are part of its most stunning features. The beautiful part of the Fleurieu Peninsula on the way to Kangaroo Island is famous for its Southern Right Whales which can be seen basking at Encounter Bay, only metres from the shore line in the winter.

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