Tidy Towns FAQs

What is Tidy Towns About?

Each year, entry into the awards is open to all regional and remote communities, no matter how big or how small.  There are seven categories and an overall state award.  Tidy Towns is about people getting together to provide a place where visitors are delighted to come, and locals want to stay, and it’s about reducing litter, water and energy consumption, celebrating culture and heritage and protecting Western Australia’s precious natural environment.

It's more than a tidy town - it brings communities together


Who can enter their community into the Tidy Towns Awards?

Individuals, clubs, schools, groups of residents, the local shire or community groups can enter a project or projects for their community.

Read  about criteria and Awards 

State category finalists and the overall state finalists are selected from information in their submissions and then visited by judges.  Winners are announced at a gala ceremony in October.

What is the Tidy Towns timeline?

3 March 2018 Launch of Tidy Towns in Wongan Hills - Registrations open
16 April Registrations close
1 June Submissions due 
June/July Judging visits to communities
August State judging and announcement of Finalists
21 September Tidy Towns State Awards Presentation, Perth

What sort of projects can be included in Tidy Towns?

Almost any community project can be considered as a Tidy Towns project - work on what is important for your community. Community groups may already be working on many projects that can be rewarded through Tidy Towns, such as:

  • Attracting grants to work on environmental or cultural projects
  • Cultural activities such as festivals or painting murals
  • Cultural planning initiatives
  • Eco-tourism and cultural tourism projects
  • Planting native trees and gardens
  • Eradicating weeds
  • Fauna and flora recovery
  • Providing Environmental Education programs in schools
  • Local awards for a variety of community efforts
  • Partnerships between community and government to address local issues
  • Mentoring youth leaders in your community
  • Recycling programs
  • Reducing water and energy use
  • Rehabilitating native bushland
  • Restoring historic sites
  • School environment displays at shopping centres, field days etc.
  • Providing facilities such as seats, bins, shelters, BBQs
  • Community litter clean ups
  • Recording oral histories
  • Propagating local native seed

Read Snapshots 2017 which has details of projects undertaken by State finalists.  

What support is provided to participants?

Keep Australia Beautiful staff are able to assist entrants with information and advice throughout the year. Contact tidytowns@kabc.wa.gov.au or phone (08) 6364 6643. 

In 2015 Tidy Towns was a finalist in excellence in public sector management in 'Managing the environment' Category of the Premier's Awards.  

Tidy Towns is environment friendly.  


Keep Australia Beautiful (WA) offsets carbon emissions from travel undertaken during the judging round by supporting Greenfleet.

Together we are helping Australian landscapes by removing carbon from the atmosphere and restoring biodiverse native forests.



Watch a televised panel discussion on the benefits of being involved in Tidy Towns (as well as KAB programs Clean Beaches and Sustainable Cities).