Six regional towns vie for tidiest town awards

16th August 2019

Friday, 16 August 2019

Regional WA towns recognised for tidy community efforts

Six Western Australian communities stretching from the State's Great Southern to the North-West will compete to take home the top honour in the 50th Keep Australia Beautiful Council (KABC) Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards.

Of the 45 entrants this year, with strong submissions across all seven award categories, 6 regional overall State-title finalists - Albany, Bunbury, Esperance, Greenbushes, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and Port and South Hedland - have been selected after a visit by judges.

The 50th anniversary of the Tidy Towns awards in 2019 provided a framework for communities to work together for the sustainability of WA's regional towns.

The State and category winners will be announced on 25 October 2019 at the Tidy Town Sustainable Communities Awards event in Perth.

The Keep Australia Beautiful WA Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards are funded by the State Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, administered by the Waste Authority, and supported by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Main Roads Western Australia and Tourism Western Australia.

More information about the awards program and finalists visit

Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards 2019 category finalists:

Litter Prevention & Waste Management – Albany, Bunbury, Cowaramup, Fitzroy Crossing, Kalbarri, Margaret River
Young Legends – Albany, Bunbury, Esperance, Port and South Hedland, Waroona, West Arthur
Heritage & Culture – Collie, Dumbleyung, Donnybrook, Greenbushes, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Northam, Pinjarra
Environmental Sustainability – Albany, Bunbury, Cranbrook, Esperance, Greenbushes, Margaret River
Environmental Education – Augusta, Broome, Carnarvon, Martu Farm, Paraburdoo, Quairading
Community Action & Wellbeing – Bridgetown, Cunderdin, Imintji, Pinjarra, Port and South Hedland, West Arthur
General Appearance – Bunbury, Gascoyne Junction, Esperance, Exmouth, Shire of Manjimup, Nullagine

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"I congratulate all entrants in this year's awards for making positive environmental, social and economic changes and commend the diversity, reach and depth of the initiatives submitted for recognition in the iconic awards.

"Projects to better manage litter, waste and recycling, conserve water and energy, and protect our natural habitats, all work towards a more sustainable future."

Comments attributed to Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA Chair Michael Aspinall:

"Along with a focus on the management of litter, our six State finalists demonstrated to judges their strong community engagement, cultural partnerships, innovation and environmental initiatives.

"Judges have taken into consideration the diverse nature of projects entered, and the reports from the judges to communities, highlight the impact of these projects."

Minister's office - 6552 5658  

view the Minister release here

Tidy Towns Entrants 2019

7th May 2019

Registrations for the 50th Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards have now closed.

This year’s awards will see 45 Western Australian regional communities competing across seven categories, with all in the running to be crowned the 2019 State winner.

Entrants now have until 14 June to finalise their submissions, with judges visiting all communities by the end of July.

Keep Australia Beautiful Council Chairman Michael Aspinall said this year’s entrants represented the expanse of the State – from indigenous communities such as Mungullah to towns in the south such as Cranbrook and Cuballing.

“The Tidy Towns awards recognise community efforts in areas such as litter management, heritage, young people, conservation and environmental sustainability,” he said.

“It’s great to see the relevance and range of communities which have entered these iconic awards and we look forward to learning more about each of the projects.

“For fifty years, these awards have brought communities together to achieve common outcomes that benefit the environment, and this year’s entrants further demonstrate this.”

During judges’ visits, all projects will be considered and scored across the following seven categories:

  • general appearance;
  • community action and wellbeing;
  • heritage and culture;
  • litter and waste management;
  • young legends;
  • environmental sustainability; and
  • environmental education.

Finalists will be announced in August, with overall category and State winners revealed in October.

An honour roll of all 2019 entrants is available here.

Tidy Towns Sustainable Community awards are supported by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account; Tourism Western Australia; and Main Roads Western Australia.

Funding available to reduce litter in WA

15th April 2019

Keep Australia Beautiful Council Western Australia (KABC) has opened its 2019 grants for projects and initiatives which aim to change littering behaviour.

Community Litter Grants of up to $10,000 are available for major initiatives or regional projects, with grants of up to $5,000 for local projects.

KABC Chairman, Michael Aspinall, said individuals and groups including local governments, small to medium sized enterprises, community groups and schools have until 17 May 2019 to apply for a Community Litter Grant.

“Littering in public areas is a big issue in WA, so we’re keen to put our support behind people who can come up with effective initiatives, projects and strategies to address the littering in their local community,” he said.

“We’re looking for initiatives that reduce litter at target areas such as sporting and recreation venues, shopping and commercial precincts, roadsides and waterways.  The focus should be on specific issues such as the incorrect disposal of cigarette butts and takeaway food containers and on initiatives that avoid creating waste.”

Projects funded through the 2018 Community Litter Grants include the City of Busselton’s litter awareness signage at four of its coastal sites, the Shire of Kojonup’s refillable water station at Apex Park and Green Skills Inc.’s wash trailer for events held in the South West.

Applications for Community Litter Grants close on 17 May 2019, with successful applicants announced in July 2019.

For application guidelines and more information see:

Find out about Community Litter Grants

Win a dash cam by reporting litterers

9th April 2019

Does seeing people throw litter from their cars make your blood boil?Hand dropping cigarette out of the car

Then you need to join the Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA (KABC) litter reporter scheme and you will be in the running to win a dash camera each month during April, May and June 2019.

Anyone can join the scheme and help keep Western Australia beautiful by holding litterers to account. Joining the scheme takes only a couple of minutes using the KABC website form or Litter Reporter App.

Existing litter reporters are also eligible to win a dash cam simply by placing a valid litter report during April, May or June 2019.


Terms and Conditions

  1. The Promoter of the Litter Reporter win a dash camera competition ("competition") is the Keep Australia Beautiful Council of Western Australia ("Promoter").
  2. The Litter Reporter scheme is a program managed by Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA.
  3. By participating in this competition each entrant accepts these terms and conditions.  Any instructions on how to enter this competition set out in promotional material published by the Promoter forms part of the terms and conditions.  If there is any inconsistency between these terms and conditions and information or instructions set out in the promotional material, these conditions will prevail to the extent of the inconsistency.
  4. To be eligible, entrants must be Western Australian residents and aged 18 years and over.
  5. Employees (or immediate family members of employees), contractors of the Promoter and third party organisations affiliated with the Promoter are not eligible to enter.
  6. Entries will be accepted between 00:01am (WST) 1 April 2019 and 11:59pm (WST) 30 June 2019 ("Competition Period").
  7. To enter, a person must register for the first time to the Litter Reporter scheme during the Competition Period by fully and correctly completing the online form at, or a registered Litter Reporter must submit a valid litter report at Both online forms are also available through the Litter Reporter App.
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  9. The prize must be taken as offered and no substitutes or exchanges of products can be made.  The prize is not redeemable for cash.  The prize cannot be transferred, except at the absolute discretion of the Promoter.
  10. Winners will be selected at random by a draw at the Promoter's premises at Prime House 8 Davidson Terrace, Joondalup WA 6027 during the competition period. The prize winners will be notified by email. To claim their prize, the prize winner must contact the Promoter with verification of their details within seven (7) calendar days of notification ("Notification Period").
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  12. If the prize winner does not contact the Promoter within the Notification Period, or for any reason is unable accept the prize, the winner will forfeit all rights to claim the prize and a re-draw will be undertaken at the Promoter's premises at Prime House 8 Davidson Terrace, Joondalup.  The alternative winner will be notified by email within two (2) business days of the date of the re-draw.
  13. The winners' names and photographs may be published on Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA’s online channels including, but not limited to, website and social media.
  14. Information obtained from a person's entry and participation in the competition will be used by the Promoter and its agents to determine the prize winners. 
  15. Entrants' data will be used by the Promoter and its relevant contracted staff for the sole use of the Litter Reporter scheme. It will not be shared with any other third-party.
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Clean Up Australia Day for Youth and Schools

14th March 2019

Cowaramup Primary School

Cowaramup Primary School children after the clean up
Cowaramup Primary School children collected 20.7 kilograms of litter on Clean Up Australia Day

On 1 March, forty-four excited students from years three and six at Cowaramup Primary School carried out a clean-up of their school and surrounds. Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA (KABC) representatives headed down south and attended to help with the clean-up and audit of the litter.

On first glance, the school looked litter free. However, once the children began looking around with their eagle eyes, litter was seen and collected during a one-hour sweep of cracks, crevices, soils and surfaces.

The hard work removed 20.7 kilograms of litter from the school environment including 1,614 pieces of plastic, which was about a third of the total litter items collected.

Some interesting items found included a tyre, wooden plank and four single, unmatched shoes.

Schools that are keen to carry out clean-ups and learn about littering behaviour, management and prevention can register for KABC’s Clean Schools Program.

Bathers Beach Fremantle Clean Up

Students from Australian Islamic College and other participants celebrate after the clean-up event at Bathers Beach
Students from Australian Islamic College and other participants celebrate after the clean-up event at Bathers Beach.

Australian Islamic College Thornlie staff and students, together with KABC, joined forces to scour and clean up litter at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach. It was the second year in a row that the students had contributed to Clean Up Australia Day by carrying out a clean-up event at that location.

This year, about 80 enthusiastic year seven to 10 students along with teachers and KABC staff volunteered an hour and a half of their time to collect, audit and dispose of about 13 kilos of rubbish. It was a fantastic effort by all involved and the litter collected included parking tickets; many cigarette butts; plastic bottles; food and beverage containers; broken glass; a toy car and a travel pillow.

After the event, High School Coordinator Idroz Shah said “it was evident that the students benefited from the event in raising awareness for the environment as they were able to see first-hand the amount of trash that pollutes our beaches and green spaces. It was truly a valued learning experience.” 

Western Australians who are interested in carrying out clean-ups at community spaces can join KABC’s Adopt-a-Spot program. Adopt-a-Spot is an anti-litter program that engages volunteers (individuals, community groups, business groups) to undertake litter clean-ups of designated sites, like Bathers Beach, on a one-off or ongoing basis. Information is available – see Adopt-a-Spot.