Tidy Towns Sustainable Communties
Tidy Towns Sustainable Communties is an annual awards program that acknowledges regional communities who foster sustainable behaviours and a litter-free environment.
According to Keep Australia Beautiful National (who manage the Australian Tidy Towns awards) over 1,000 communities and 90,000 volunteers engage in the Tidy Towns competition each year with projects contributing over $100 million in volunteer labour.
In Western Australia Tidy Towns entrants are eligible to win awards at regional, state and national levels. Please see the side tabs for comprehensive information on the program, past entrants and the 2013 timeline.
Ten Western Australian towns and communities have been rewarded for their community spirit by Keep Australia Beautiful WA at the Tidy Towns State Awards held on Friday, 22 November.
Congratulations to Walpole Tidy Towns on winning the state title for 2013. By maintaining strong community engagement in sustainable living choices and a litter free environment, Walpole has achieved its aim to be an outstanding example to the rest of Australia. Walpole, a state winner in 2007, and the winner of Australia’s favourite town in the People’s Choice Award 2010, is now a national finalist in the 2014 Australian Tidy Towns Awards to be held in South Australia next year.
Walpole are Tidy Towns State Winners 2013
2013 State category winners are:
West Arthur was awarded a special commendation by the Department of Local Government and Communities for its commitment to a whole-of-community approach to litter prevention, maintenance of amenities and caring for the environment.
Hon Albert Jacobs, MLA officiated at a gala ceremony held at Royal Perth Yacht Club. The Minister’s press release is available online here. Photographs from the day can be viewed here, and details of the broadcasting schedule appear below.
Tidy Towns State Winners 2013
State Awards on VAST
Karratha proudly hosted the Kimberley and Pilbara Tidy Towns Regional Awards at the brand new Leisureplex on Wednesday 16 October, and Three Springs hosted the Midwest-Gascoyne event at their community hall, where wildflower shows, art exhibitions and other events are regularly hosted.
The Tidy Towns entrants showcased many cutting-edge projects and engaging activities that have brought huge benefits to those regional communities over the past twelve months.
Robyn Gulliver, Water Corp with Breet Ball representing Wickham
Communities at the Pilbara/Kimberely Award Ceremony
Regional winner’s titles were awarded to Wickham (Pilbara), Yiyili (Kimberley) and Guilderton (Midwest-Gascoyne).
Mid West Gascoyne winners display their awards
Thanks to the hospitable people of Ongerup for hosting the combined Great Southern and South Coast regional award ceremony on Friday, 4 October.
The event gave communities a great opportunity to share project ideas with each other and to celebrate community spirit.
Cr Kerry Stone, Gnowangerup’s Shire President presenting awards with Cr Dave Tapley from Keep Australia Beautiful.
Regional Winner’s titles were awarded to Bremer Bay (South Coast) and West Arthur (Great Southern).
York Tidy Towns Committee hosted the combined Central Wheatbelt and Goldfields regional award ceremony on Friday 20 September at the new $4 million recreation and convention centre.
Tidy Towns Central Wheatbelt and Goldfields Regional Award Entrants and judges.
Toodyay was announced as the 2013 combined regional winner and is now a finalist for the State Winner’s title.
Toodyay are regional winners
With regional judging around the State now over, the State Judging Panel convened for two days last week to determine State Winners.
State Judging Panel
Jill Richardson, Katanning Landcare; Peter Ashton, DEC Volunteer of the Year 2012; Linley Brown, Swan River Trust; Rhonda Murphy, Department of Parks and Wildlife.
Linley and Peter are also regional judges and the panel was assisted by Department of Environment Regulation staff members (and regional judges), Shirley Brindley and Gail Dodd.
The charming community of Greenbushes hosted the 2013 Tidy Towns Regional Awards for the South West on Friday 13 September.
Greenbushes is a unique and picturesque heritage town situated on the highest point of the Darling Scarp with a rich history of mining, timber milling and farming.
Dave Tapley, Keep Australia Beautiful Council Member, presenting an award for Walpole to Michael Filby.
Walpole was announced as the 2013 South West Regional Winner and is now a finalist for the State Winner’s title.
For results and more information, please read the media release.
Some of the Greenbushes team, accepting a Special Commendation on behalf of Greenbushes State School for their care of bushland.
Below: Later at recess, the Greenbushes children with their award. The students in Mrs Fullston’s class have had an exciting September. They also sent some portraits to Her Majesty the Queen and received a thank you from her Lady-in-Waiting at Balmoral Castle!
Other photos are online here.