NSW – Keep Australia Beautiful crowns King Island Australia’s most sustainable community

30 July 2022

KAB Awards

Keep Australia Beautiful has announced the winners of the 2022 Australian Sustainable Communities -Tidy Towns Awards.

The Tasmanian finalist, King Island was announced as the overall winner of the 2022 Australian Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns Awards, at an event hosted by last year’s winner Hastings, Victoria on Saturday 30 July 2022.

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. The Tidy Towns name has always been synonymous with community pride, cohesion and above all, community action. The awards reach beyond tourism to encourage, motivate and celebrate the sustainability achievements of grassroots rural and regional communities across Australia.

The finalist for New South Wales, Singleton was awarded winner of the Resource Recovery and Waste Management category.

Australian Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns judge Gail Langley commended Singleton on its innovative approach to food waste reduction through the Slow Food Singleton project.

“The Slow Food Group promoted awareness and discussion about food waste, establishing several solutions enabling residents to share food, reduce food waste from the garden, create renewed enthusiasm for locally grown fresh food and encourage backyard gardening,” explained Ms Langley.

“Since 2019, Slow Foods Singleton – Citrus Rescue has added a new value of locally grown fruit and vegetables, reducing food waste, with tonnes of fruit rescued from the ground and from trees and being donated to schools and local community services.”

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.

“In addition to a healthy dose of competition, the awards bring together community leaders, environmental champions, young legends and waste warriors from every corner of our great country to share experiences, learn from and inspire each other.

“This is the true Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns spirit.”


Australian Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns Winners Table 2022



Highly Commended


King Island

Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention

Western Australia

Resource Recovery and Waste Management

New South Wales

Western Australia

Heritage & Culture

Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa)
Northern Territory

Young Legends: Group

The Green Team
King Island, Tasmania

Young Legends: Individual

Bart Maxwell Turgoose
Horsham, Victoria

Environmental Sustainability - Energy

King Island

Environmental Sustainability - Water

South Australia

Environmental Sustainability - Natural Environment Management

King Island

Environmental Communication and Engagement

South Australia

Community Health, Wellbeing and Interest

Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa)
Northern Territory





Judge Contact:
Gail Langley langley@agsystems.net.au

National Media Comment:
Val Southam, Chief Executive, Keep Australia Beautiful ceo@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.