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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 2014 timeline.

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After a year of hard work, communities in the running for this year’s Tidy Towns awards will soon have a chance to show the judges what they have achieved.

Judges will be visiting the 67 communities listed below. Times are approximate, depending on road and weather conditions.


Walpole wins two national awards

We are proud to announce that  Walpole won the national Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention and the Environmental Innovation and Protection awards at Friday’s Australian Tidy Towns titles!   Sheffield on Tasmania’s north-west coast won the award of Australia’s Tidiest Town.

Dame Phyllis Frost, who co-founded the Keep Australia Beautiful National Association in 1972 was inspired to safeguard the character and beauty of the Australian landscape through the prevention of litter. Walpole was the first region in the nation to declare itself as litter free.

Litter prevention involves leadership, stakeholders taking responsibility, education, enforcement and strong, passionate communities engaging citizens at a grass roots level. Congratulations Walpole!

Walpole residents are eagerly anticipating the outcome of the National Tidy Towns judging visit by Dick Olesinski, OAM.  

Photo:  L-R  Michael Filby, Dick Olesinski, OAM and Cr Dave Tapley.

The current Australian Tidy Towns title holder is Victor Harbor in South Australia, and the new winner will be announced at an event to be held there on 3 and 4 April.

State and Territory finalists are:

  • Kingston South East, SA
  • Mundubbera, QLD
  • Nundle, NSW
  • Sheffield, TAS
  • Titjikala, NT
  • Walpole, WA
  • Wangaratta, VIC

Nationally, the Tidy Towns program received 360 entrants, and 1300 category submissions across councils, shires, community groups, schools and individuals last year.

We send Walpole Tidy Towns Committee our congratulations on their second state win, and hope for their success representing Western Australia.

Listen to our radio ad playing on the Mary G show and our Tidy Towns ad (produced and played courtesy of the Department of Regional Development’s Westlink network).

Watch out for the Tidy Towns advertisement appearing in your local paper.  

Tidy Towns 2013 News

Ten Western Australian towns and communities were rewarded for their community spirit by Keep Australia Beautiful WA at the Tidy Towns State Awards held on Friday, 22 November 2013.

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.

Walpole are Tidy Towns State Winners 2013

2013 State category winners were:

  • Community action and partnerships: Toodyay
  • General appearance: Wickham
  • Waste management and litter prevention: Albany
  • Heritage and culture: Nyabing
  • Natural environment conservation: Bremer Bay
  • Water conservation: Esperance
  • Energy innovation: Denmark
  • Young legends: Yakanarra

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

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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

For full results and more information, please read the Pilbara, Kimberley and Midwest-Gascoyne media releases. Other photos are online here.

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.

Community winners at the Ongerup event.

Regional Winner’s titles were awarded to Bremer Bay (South Coast) and West Arthur (Great Southern).

Dave Tapley - KABC; Priscilla Broadbent, Leonie McMahon, Anne Sparrow, Anne Gadsby representing Bremer Bay Tidy Towns Committee

For full results and more information, please read the media release.  Other photos are online here.

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

For full results and more information, please read the media release.  Other photos are online here.

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.   



Map of entrants 2014

Hear the former Governor’s speech from the 2010 State Award Ceremony

View Kalumburu School's sumbmission about littering.

Nth Dandalup Primary School DVD - environmental learning.

Darkan Primary School DVD - Build a worm farm






Related articles:

# Article Title
1 Getting Help
2 Getting Started
3 History - 1969 to 2009
4 How to enter
5 Judging Criteria and Awards
6 Projects
7 Register for Tidy Towns 2014 State Award Ceremony
8 Register online
9 Tidy Towns contact
10 Tidy Towns Resource order form
11 Timeline
12 Tips and information downloads
13 Videos
14 What sort of projects can be included
15 Winners