Regional and remote communities can nominate any worthwhile project for a state award. Valid projects are those that have been initiated, maintained or completed between June and May of the following year. Entrants can enter projects in one, or all seven awards, as follows:
Recognises improvements to a community’s general appearance including, but not restricted to, entries/approaches to town, business and retail areas, sporting areas, public parks and gardens, private homes and streets, including footpaths and verges. Judges look for:
A tidy and well-maintained town, including public parks and gardens, industry and business, streets, footpaths verges and median strips.
This award recognises the achievements of a community in creating a healthy, vibrant community that has actively engaged groups from all sectors. Judges look for:
Sound working relationships between the community and local governments leading to successful outcomes. This should involve two way communication, relating to town management plans/strategies, maintenance and development of facilities.
Mutual support and promotion of community and government initiatives. Successful community led initiatives across the category areas.
Organised community clean-ups and ongoing litter management activities.
Involvement of youth groups, schools and clubs in positive community management activities.
Fauna and flora protection and/or rehabilitation activities initiated by the community.
Community-led resource recovery, reuse and recycling activities.
Cultural heritage celebrations/projects.
Provision for an accessible community (visitor and tourist facilities, including toilets, picnic areas, shaded playgrounds, carparks and tourist information services).
Programs which encourage community education and/or involvement in the planning, development and/or implementation of innovative strategies which focus on better community understanding, and environmental protection. Judges look for;
Commitment to, or involvement in, community action programs such as Landcare, Coastcare, Bushcare and similar initiatives.
Established local conservation and/or environment group(s).
Practical conservation initiatives and habitat management plans such as wildlife corridors.