Will Albany be Australia’s next Tidy Town?

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Thursday 11 February 2016



Its long history and imposing setting that complements its role as a major regional centre using its resources wisely and adapting to changing conditions and considerable growth will see the town of Albany represent Western Australia at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns awards in March.

Albany, along with representatives from six towns across Australia will descend upon last years’ title holder Toodyay in Western Australia, to celebrate their sustainability achievements in our nation’s rural and regional communities.

The national judge Jill Grant visited Albany in November last year as part of her judging tour, to compare the town against the other finalists all competing for the iconic Australian Tidy Towns title:

  • Roma, state winner from Keep Queensland Beautiful
  • Triabunna, state winner from Keep Australia Beautiful TAS
  • Mundulla, state winner from KESAB environmental solutions in SA
  • Horsham, state winner from Keep Victoria Beautiful
  • Mt Liebig, territory winner from Keep Australia Beautiful NT
  • Orange, state winner from Keep NSW Beautiful.

Ms. Grant said, “each finalist has demonstrated significant outcomes in a range of sustainability projects and activities and the National program allows each of them to learn even more from leading projects in other States and Territories.”

This year, the keynote speaker is Rhys Williams, the 2015 WA Young Person of the year, and is also the CEO of The Makers, a WA-based community development charity. The two-day event will include presentations from all the finalists, networking opportunities, a tour of Toodyay, as well as the awards dinner.

Sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant and the Department of the Environment, the Australian Tidy Towns Program recognise the hard work undertaken by individuals and groups in rural communities and share these best practices and ideas to continue to improve our vibes rural towns.

For 2016, the program received 308 applicants, with 1454 category submissions across councils, shires, community groups, schools and individuals. The Australian Tidy Towns awards have been running for 26 years.

Key Facts and Figures

What: Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2016
When: Friday 18 March 2016
Media call time: 6.30pm – 10.30pm. Overall announcement at 9.55pm AWST.
Location: Toodyay Memorial Hall
Who: Tidy Towns finalists; Rhys Williams, the 2015 WA Young Person of the year; Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia; Hon. Albert Jacob MLA the Minister for Environment, Heritage, WA; KAB network; Jill Grant, Australian Tidy Towns judge.


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.


Contact Details

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

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