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40th KAB Tasmania awards in Smithton Friday 19th October 2018

On Friday 19th October the Tasmanian Keep Australia Beautiful, Sustainable Communities Awards were presented and celebrated in Smithton.  Smithton is the current National and State Tidy Town winner. 

For nearly 40 years the awards have celebrated sustainable practices occurring in Tasmanian communities and recognise the consistent, at times challenging and often-unseen work by individuals, community groups and councils. 

Historically the awards focused on litter prevention with the iconic Tidy Town award, however with time the awards have evolved and now look holistically and broadly at communities focusing on seven criteria; litter, waste management and resource recovery, natural environment conservation, environmental sustainability, heritage and culture, community action and partnership, community health and well being and youth leadership and activities.

Reflection from the KAB judge Ms. Lesley Gardner

Once again I feel very honored to be invited to visit these communities and see the fabulous work that so many do, it is very inspiring and humbling at the same time. So much is achieved through enthusiasm, passion persistence and partnership and in most cases volunteer hours. 

Upon reflection my overall feeling about this years awards is that community spirit and determinedness is flourishing with many groups being recognised for building and strengthening partnerships by identifying problems and finding and implement creative solutions to problems.

Sustainable Communities Award Summary (see highlights listed below)


  • Overall Tidy Towns Winner 2018 – Oatlands
  • Sustainable Cities Award 2018 – Glenorchy
  • Youth Award – KEON – Kids Earth Ocean Network, Bicheno
  • Citizen and Friend of KAB Award – Danielle Hall, Glenorchy
  • Clean Beaches Award – Macquarie Harbour Shoreline Clean-up 2018

Tidy Towns Population Category Winners

  • Population less than 2000 - Bicheno
  • Population 2001 - 3000  - Dodges Ferry
  • Population 3001 - 4000 - Somerset 
  • Population 4001  - George Town

Sustainable Schools Awards

The Keep Australia Beautiful - Tasmania Sustainable School Awards recognise the efforts schools are putting in to encourage and support students passion and drive in the area of sustainability. This can be within their school or community or on some occasions beyond their community.  Sustainability sits in the Australian curriculum as a cross curricula priority, recognising it’s importance in all students learning. It is expected to be addressed across all learning areas, enabling it to be embedded in school life. 

Entries in the sustainable school awards are called for from each region of the state. An award is available for both primary and secondary schools in each region. The award includes $1000 prize money for each of the winning schools. 

The winners for 2018 are:
  • North west primary school winner: Burnie Primary School 
  • Southern primary school winner: Brighton Primary school
  • Southern secondary school winner: Ogilvie High School

The Sustainable School Awards are funded by the Wrigley foundation.

Overall Tidy Towns Winner  - Oatlands

Clean Beaches Award - Macquarie Harbour Shoreline Clean-up 2018


Sustainable City Award  - Glenorchy


Youth Award – KEON – Kids Earth Ocean Network

Enthusiastic group Kids Earth Ocean Network was born from a comment by a 6 year girl suggesting that the adults have all of the fun at the Bicheno long standing community group EON (Earth Ocean Network inc)…KEON was born! 
Activities include:
  • KEON “Rubbish Hit Squad” - 4 beach clean ups
  • Supported by Bicheno Primary School, parents, teachers and school association 
  • Resident artist Vanessa working with the children on developing their logo. 
  • Input into reducing waste at school disco; BYO drink bottle no straws and replace plastic decorations with natural materials including hessian bunting and calico banners

KAB Citizen Award – Danielle Hall

  • Energetic and creative Waste Education Officer at GCC
  • Organiser and supporter of KAB awards process at GCC 
  • Volunteer within her community

Population category winners

Bicheno - Population less than 2000


  • Bicheno Primary School and Bicheno Men's Shed - Working with Bicheno Men’s Shed members on projects identified by the children, a genuine and joyous collaborative partnership
  • Extensive re-vegetation project at Moulting Lagoon, a collaborative project between Glamorgan Spring Bay Council and Brown Brothers The Hazards Vineyard
  • Bicheno Destination Action Plan - Collaboratively identifying priorities and actions that will positively enhance the visitors experience and local economy of the seaside village


Dodges Ferry - Population 2001 - 3000 


  • Okines Community House - Building the Southern Beaches community across all ages through sharing information in a safe, welcoming and friendly environment
  • Jazz by the Sea - A late afternoon of big bands and barbeque at Dodges Ferry, with support from Sorell Council
  • Clean Up Southern Beaches Group - A committed group of volunteers, for over ten years generously making their own contribution to litter reduction in their community


Somerset  - Population 3001 - 4000 


  • Somerset Tasmania Community Shed - A friendly community shed welcoming visitors and members
  • Housing Choices - Not just housing, connecting clients with community to make a home
  • Waratah-Wynyard Council - Redevelopment of the street scape and aesthetics of Wagg Street, Somerset


George Town - Population 4001 + 


  • George Town skate park make over.  A collaborative project between Relationships Australia, George Town Council, artist and social worker - Fakington Wilde and the region’s youth 
  • Redevelopment and beautification of Windmill Hill Point, including an enclosed BBQ, seating and fantastic child’s play replica of the ship “The Buffalo”
  • Park run – A spectacular shoreline run along the Kanamaluka trail 

We thank the Wrigley foundation, Inn Keepers and in particular the Tasmanian Government, which continues to be our main supporter, and without their financial assistance, our programs would not be possible.