Overall Winner: King Island, Tasmania

King Island is rich in history, with shipwrecks, lighthouses and jagged reefs, bountiful with long stretching sandy beaches and lush green pasture. This tiny piece of paradise is idyllic in every aspect.

Nonetheless, King Island community and Council are also realistic, acknowledging their future challenges of managing growth, enhancing the environment and balancing services.

King Island demonstrates an enormous passion for their unique environment and ancestry, with the community exemplifying the concept of sustainability. It is a resourceful place, with the island’s services mostly run by volunteers.

The King Island community lead by example and embrace their quest to become more sustainable in the future.

Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention

This award recognises innovation and achievements in litter prevention or reduction through education, effecting litter management or behaviour change.

WINNER: Boddington, WA

Boddington community volunteers have shown tremendous spirit in establishing environmentally friendly practices that align with the protection of the natural habitat and litter reduction, including organising a local Clean Up Australia Day event, educational opportunities about the advantages of recycling, smart waste collection and upcycling, and building the RRR dishwashing trailer for use at local events to reduce the reliance on single-use plastic cutlery, cups and plates.

Resource Recovery and Waste Management Award

This award recognises innovation and achievements in recycling or waste reduction including initiatives that conserve resources or recover and re-use materials.

WINNER: Singleton, NSW

The Slow Food Singleton project aims to reduce food waste from the garden, create renewed enthusiasm for locally grown fresh food and encourage backyard gardening. The project established several solutions enabling residents to share food, including the Slow Foods Singleton – Citrus Rescue, which has added a new value of locally grown fruit, with tonnes of fruit rescued from the ground and from trees being donated to schools and local community services.


Boddington Reduce Reuse Recycle has implemented several innovative practices to assist their community establish healthy recycling habits, such as a bottle cap collection that has developed into a full-scale community recycling plant turning plastic waste into useful objects like bench seats.

Heritage and Culture Award

This award recognises outstanding commitment to the conservation and celebration of a community’s indigenous and non-indigenous heritage and culture.

WINNER: Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa), NT

The Ltyentye Apurte community holds culture and heritage as a sacred part of their spiritual lives. Importance is placed on history, country, culture and language for all ages; with the community working continuously to uphold several United Nation’s goals. Various creative programs are employed to achieve this and provide the community with a voice and expression of their cultural pride and connections.

Young Legends Award

This award recognises achievements by an individual or group/s of young people (under 25) who have demonstrated significant commitment to the environment and/or have made significant contributions to any of the other categories.

INDIVIDUAL WINNER: Bart Turgoose,  Horsham (VIC)

Bart Turgoose is recognised as a proactive young member of the Horsham community, who advocates for a positive outlook.

Currently in Year 12 at Horsham College, Bart is actively involved in a wide range of community activities including founding his own businesses: Worm King – selling worms, and Barts Clay Target Adventures, which encourages young people to join in clay target shooting.

GROUP WINNER: The Green Team, King Island (Tas)

From humble beginnings, the Green Team has grown to become a significant environmental group on the island, with over 50% of the island’s school population volunteering to join the team in 2022. Over the years, the Green Team has worked to reduce litter on the island, implement a voluntary single-use plastic bag ban since 2011 and run clean-up days. Most notably, the team worked with the local council to divert more than 100,000 glass bottles from landfill, with crushed glass now used in the island’s roads construction.


Environmental Sustainability – Energy Award

This award recognises leadership and innovation in energy conservation and management in the face of a changing environment.

WINNER: King Island, Tas

Wave Swell Energy is an innovative Australian based renewable energy technology company that selected Grassy Harbour on King Island as the location for deployment, trial and operation of its world leading propriety technology that converts wave energy into electricity.  WSE’s technology produces clean, sustainable electricity from waves, and in cooperation with Hydro Tasmania, the electricity is exported to the grid to power homes and businesses on King Island.

Environmental Sustainability – Water Award

This award recognises leadership and innovation in water conservation and management for the future.


The $750,000 Roora Dam Stormwater Catchment project is a significant development, playing a vital role in the sustainability of Kimba’s water resources. The whole catchment area, including this project, is estimated to capture 22.7 megalitres on the main Roora Dam. This not only preserves our natural resources but also provides an estimated cost saving to the community of $77,455.

Environmental Sustainability – Natural Environment Management Award

This award recognises the protection, conservation and enhancement of the natural environment.

WINNER: King Island, Tas

One of the many ways in which to monitor the health and sustainability of an area and its natural environment is by observing birds as an indicator species.

The King Island Landcare Group began the ‘Wings on King’ project, which identified King Island to be experiencing some concerning environmental degradation issues by identifying three critically endangered and two endangered bird species. As a result, a King Island Bird Conservation Action Plan has been set up to manage the recovery of these species.

Environmental Communication and Engagement Award

This award recognises outstanding achievements in raising awareness in environmental sustainability, leading to empowerment and behaviour change amongst the target audience.


The Buckleboo Farm Improvement Group (BFIG) evidences the commitment and innovative spirit epitomising Kimba’s leadership within the agricultural sector, and the importance of this sector in the ongoing education about sustainability and the environment. The BFIG initiatives are further enhanced by an educational framework consisting of events including workshop, regional bus trips, technology in agriculture seminars and an annual crop walk attracting growers, researchers and industry professionals from across the state.

Community Health, Wellbeing and Interest Award

This award recognises initiatives for the health and well-being of a community building a strong, healthy vibrant and accessible community.

WINNER: Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa), NT

A partnership between McDonnell Regional Council, Melbourne Football Club and AAAC was formed with the purpose of installing a water system on the community oval and laying grass/turf covering the full-size oval. Additional to the laying of turf, gym equipment was placed at various sections around the oval. This project satisfies eleven of the United Nation Sustainability Goals, proving to be a tremendous success. The oval continues to host many activities and scheduled games.


Founded in 1876 and having weathered many downturns, the Horsham Agricultural Society remains a vital bedrock for Horsham’s community events and programs. Along with organising and hosting many events, the Society also works to reinvigorate local structures and buildings, as well as bolster the social, economic and mental wellbeing of its local community.