It gives me great pleasure to present the finalists and winners of the Keep Australia Beautiful Council’s 2016 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities awards and to promote our national finalists in the Australian Clean Beaches and the Australian Sustainable Cities awards: Port Hedland’s Cemetery Beach and the City of Albany, respectively.
Last year Toodyay won the title of Australia’s Tidiest Town at an event held in Sheffield, Tasmania and in March hosted the 2016 Australian Tidy Towns awards with four days of celebration and activities, including a red carpet awards ceremony for 150 VIP guests, participants and supporters from all over Australia. At that event, Albany won the national Heritage and Culture award and was highly commended for litter prevention, waste management and resource recovery. The overall winner for 2016 was Triabunna, Tasmania.
This year, Keep Australia Beautiful (WA) received 57 awards registrations from cities, towns and communities from as far away as Wyndham in the north to Esperance in the south and all places in between. Reaching these communities involved travelling great distances in a state the size of Western Australia. I commend our judges and particularly the staff at Keep Australia Beautiful, whose expertise and professionalism continues to produce high standards in awards management.
According to this year’s submissions, volunteers who engaged with Tidy Towns Committees worked more than 81,000 hours on 503 projects in regional Western Australia: a remarkable feat! Participants have once again demonstrated how effective partnerships can keep communities thriving. This year’s Tidy Towns State Winner and therefore, our national finalist in the 2017 Australian Tidy Towns awards is Greenbushes.
I encourage everyone to read through the Award pages below which showcases one project from all of this year’s Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities state finalists. You can also view photographs from the State Event at the bottom of this page. I congratulate everyone involved in community projects this year for your hard work, motivation, dedication and commitment.
Michael Aspinall, Chairman, Keep Australia Beautiful Council of Western Australia
23 September 2016