Keep Australia Beautiful has announced the winners of the 2020 Australian Sustainable Communities -Tidy Towns Awards.
Running nationally since 1990, the Australian Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns Awards have evolved to encompass projects and initiatives with a focus on environmental sustainability and resource management to reflect a growing awareness of the importance of community-led environmental action. They set out to acknowledge the hard work undertaken by individuals and groups in rural communities and share these best practices and ideas to improve Australia’s vibrant rural towns. The awards consist of nine special category awards followed by an overall National winner.
The Victorian finalist, Beechworth was announced as the overall winner of the 2020 Australian Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns Awards, at an online event held on 14 October 2020.
Traditionally, the 2019 overall winner, Santa Teresa (Ltyentye Apurte), Northern Territory, would have hosted year’s awards event. Due to the unprecedented circumstances brought on by COVID-19 pandemic, however, the 2020 Awards Ceremony was held online.
The finalist for South Australia, Mount Gambier was awarded winner of the Resource Recovery and Waste Management category.
Australian Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns judge Gail Langley congratulated Mount Gambier on establishing a number of inspiring enterprises which enabled the town to recycle effectively and reduce waste.
“The annual ‘Recycled Runway’ event and the newly established second-hand market give the community an opportunity to breathe new life into used items, diverting them from landfill,” explained Ms Langley.
“Additional waste reduction efforts such as diverting food waste from landfill and the development of education programs for schools and the community, empowers Mount Gambier residents to make well informed choices in their endeavour to reduce waste.”
Val Southam, Chief Executive Keep Australia Beautiful commended all the finalists in this year’s Awards.
“Entrants in the Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns competition, who are largely volunteers, are some of the most dedicated and passionate people we are fortunate enough to be involved with.
“Every year, we are inspired by the high calibre of entries demonstrating enormous community pride and environmental action. This year, under such challenging circumstances, this dedication, community spirit and commitment truly shone through.”
The winners book and photographs are available at www.sustainablecommunities.com.au.
Australian 2020 Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns Winners Table
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention
Resource Recovery + Waste Management
Mount Gambier (SA)
Heritage + Culture
Young Legends – Individual
Bella Burgemeister (Bunbury, WA)
Young Legends – Group
Nhulunbuy Youth Council (NT)
Environmental Sustainability – Energy
Environmental Sustainability – Water
Environmental Sustainability – Natural Environment Management
Environmental Communication + Engagement
Community Health, Wellbeing + Interest (Joint Winners)
Bunbury (WA) + Wilmot (TAS)
Gail Langley langley[at]agsystems.net.au
National Media Comment:
Val Southam, Chief Executive, Keep Australia Beautiful ceo[at]kab.org.au 0419 016 401
About the Australian Sustainable Communities Awards
Keep Australia Beautiful seeks to lead, challenge and inspire all Australians to strive for a sustainable and litter free environment. It does this through research, communications programs and awards programs.
Its national awards are known as the Australian Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns Awards. The Awards program commences with state and territory awards and culminates in a national Grand Final event.