Keep Australia Beautiful has announced the winners of the 2021 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. 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 Victorian finalist, Hastings was announced as the overall winner of the 2021 Australian Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns Awards, at an online event held on 3 September 2021.
Traditionally, the 2020 overall winner, Beechworth, Victoria, would have hosted this year’s awards event. Due to the continually shifting nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the 2021 Awards Ceremony was once again held online.
The finalist for Queensland, Rockhampton was awarded winner of the Environment Sustainability – Natural Environment Management and Environment Sustainability – Water categories.
Australian Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns judge Gail Langley recognised Rockhampton’s leadership and innovation in water conservation and management, as well as strides taken to protect its natural environment.
“Rockhampton has demonstrated a deep commitment to protecting its waterways and environment by implementing several long-term programs and projects that protect, maintain and enhance important natural and cultural assets such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Fitzroy River and Nurim (Mount Archer),” explained MS Langley.
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.”
The winners’ book and photographs are available at www.sustainablecommunities.com.au.