WA: Australia’s most Sustainable Community announced

14 October 2020

KAB Awards

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 Western Australia, Bunbury was the joint winner with Wilmot, Tasmania of the Community Health Wellbeing and Interest category. Bunbury resident, Bella Burgemeister, was also the winner of the Young Legends: Individual category.

Australian Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns judge Gail Langley commended Bunbury on the town’s strides to create initiatives that truly care for the health and well-being of all its residents, in turn building a strong, healthy, vibrant and accessible community.

“The City of Bunbury’s Community Culture and Engagement team is all about the people and their wellbeing,” added Ms Langley.

“By creating wheelchair beach access at the Koombana Foreshore, and a disability friendly change room for those with profound needs, the team demonstrated projects that can be proudly adopted by other communities to improve the liveability of people in their midst with a disability.

“The Young Legends award winner, Bella Bergemeister, also demonstrated what can be accomplished when a great idea addressing the needs of some of the most vulnerable in the community is met with support.”

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




Beechworth (VIC)

Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention

Beechworth (VIC)

Resource Recovery + Waste Management

Mount Gambier (SA)

Heritage + Culture

Nhulunbuy (NT)

Young Legends – Individual

Bella Burgemeister (Bunbury, WA)

Young Legends – Group

Nhulunbuy Youth Council (NT)

Environmental Sustainability – Energy

Beechworth (VIC)

Environmental Sustainability – Water

Murrurundi (NSW)

Environmental Sustainability – Natural Environment Management

Gympie (QLD)

Environmental Communication + Engagement

Beechworth (VIC)

Community Health, Wellbeing + Interest (Joint Winners)

Bunbury (WA) + Wilmot (TAS)



Judge Contact:
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.