Keep Australia Beautiful Association Qld sets out to celebrate achievements of regional communities

by | 20 Aug 2021

Keep Australia Beautiful Association Qld (KABAQ) is proud to announce the launch of the KABAQ Sustainable Communities Awards.

Having evolved from the iconic Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns Awards, the Sustainable Communities Awards set out to recognise and celebrate positive actions taken by communities to protect and enhance their local environments and community spirit.

Rick Ralph, Chair Keep Australia Beautiful Association Qld, believes the Awards create a significant opportunity for communities to promote and receive recognition for all their efforts in making their town liveable, sustainable and more environmentally viable.

“From experience gained through the Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns program run in other States, we have found that people take exceptional pride in their communities and local environment”, stated Mr Ralph.

“These awards empower individuals to become custodians and stewards of their communities, providing them with a sense of ownership for the area’s culture and heritage, the surrounding flora and fauna, and the local population.”

Minister for Communities Leeanne Enoch encouraged Queenslanders to nominate for the awards.

“Queensland is a thriving, sustainable State for people to live, work and raise their families,” Minister Enoch said.

“Queenslanders should be proud that their communities are becoming more sustainable and protecting their local environment.

“These awards are fantastic recognition for the way Queenslander’s are rising to the challenge of sustainability and boosting their resilience.”

The annual KABAQ Sustainable Communities Awards are open to all regional towns, individuals, community and service groups, businesses, committees, councils, schools, environmental groups and sporting clubs.

“Through the Queensland Awards, we strive to recognise projects that prevent or reduce litter, encourage environmental innovation, showcase circular economy initiatives, promote heritage and culture, and raise awareness in environmental sustainability through communication and engagement.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the strength and resilience of regional communities as they continue to make incredible leaps forward in behaviour change through innovation, leadership and commitment,” added Mr Ralph.

The launch of the 2021 awards coincides with the iconic Keep Australia Beautiful Week, which will be held this year from 16 August to 22 August.

The event raises awareness about the simple things all Australians can do in their daily lives to reduce their impact on the environment and encourage action, with this year’s theme being “Australia’s 7-Day Plastic Pledge”.



Media Comment:

Rick Ralph
Chair, Keep Australia Beautiful Association Qld
t: 0407 125 680


Editor’s note:

Keep Australia Beautiful Association Qld

Recognised as Queensland’s independent litter prevention thought and practice leader, Keep Australia Beautiful Association Qld (KABAQ) is a grassroots environmental organisation with a rich history in community reward and recognition.

Based in the long-standing history of Keep Australia Beautiful – established by Dame Phyllis Frost in 1968 – we continue the legacy of more than 50 years’ experience in engaging Australians to care for their local environments.

Through community engagement, partnerships, education and empowerment we work towards a litter free and sustainable Queensland, inspiring action to help Queenslanders face their most pressing environmental challenges.

KABAQ Awards Categories
For the full submission guide and entry details visit:
Entries close Friday 15 October 2021

  • Circular Economy Initiatives
    This award recognises innovation and achievements in reducing, reuse, remanufacturing and managing materials that would otherwise go to waste including programs that promote resource reduction, recovery and recycling.
  • Environmental Innovation
    This award recognises leadership and innovation in the protection, conservation and enhancement of the natural environment (including waterways, flora, fauna, corridors, roadsides and recreation areas), energy and/or water conservation and management for the future in the face of a changing environment.
  • Heritage and Culture
    This award recognises outstanding commitment to the conservation and celebration of a community’s indigenous and non-indigenous heritage and culture.
  • Communication & Engagement
    This award recognises outstanding achievements in raising awareness in environmental sustainability, leading to empowerment and behavior change amongst the target audience.
    Overall Award
    The Overall Award is awarded to a community that has successfully undertaken projects or actions in multiple areas of environment and sustainability across the range of award categories.  Applicants may address as many of the categories as they wish.

Population Groups

  • A: 1 – 7,000
  • B: 7,001 – 15,000
  • C: 15,001 – 50,000
  • D: >50,000