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Triabunna has been named the Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) Tasmanian Tidy 

Town for 2015.

The other major awards winners, presented at a function attended by 60 

community leaders and volunteers in Westbury today (25 September 2015), 

were Glenorchy (KAB Tasmania Sustainable Cities Award) and Dover Beach 

(KAB Tasmania Clean Beach Award).

KAB Tasmania executive officer Geoff Marsh said the Triabunna community took 

enormous pride in its town.

“The town has taken a collaborative approach to litter management and 

recycling, while all ages groups across the community are actively involved in 

natural environment conservation,” he said.

“While it has faced much publicised significant economic and community 

challenges, it has done so with innovation and collaboration to emerge as a 

revitalised and stronger community with a sustainable future.

“Triabunna is also a town that offers many excellent health and wellbeing 

opportunities including creative arts, boat restoration, craft, gym, marine 

activities and space for community members to gather.

“It has a very rich historical background from the traditional land owners of the 

local Aboriginal community to Tasmanian European history including convict, 

farming, whaling, shipwright and timber industries, evidence of which is found in 

so many parts of the town.”

Mr Marsh said Glenorchy had initiated many sustainability programs in response 

to its community-driven “designing our future” strategic plan.

“The Glenorchy Youth Task Force continues to provide many supporting 

activities for the younger generation, a fact best demonstrated by the fact that 

the annual KAB Youth Award was awarded to task force member Yolanda Papi-

Watson,” he said.

Mr Marsh said local residents had driven the rehabilitation of parklands behind 

Dover Beach, winner of the Clean Beaches Award, while the Huon Valley Council 

had supported the community’s efforts with new playground equipment and 

Winners in the Sustainable Schools Awards were Triabunna District School, 

Albuera St Primary, Geneva Christian College, Scotch Oakburn College and 

Penguin District School.

Population category awards were announced as follows:

 Under 500 – Trial Harbour 

 501 – 1000 – Oatlands

 1000 – 2000 – Cygnet 

 5000 – 15,000 – Huonville 

 More than 15,000 – Brighton 

The KAB Community Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Sue Smedley 

for her “outstanding contribution to her community through many projects, but 

particularly those relating to the history of Stanley”.

The Tasmanian Tidy Towns program is run by the KAB Tasmania Council with 

support from the Tasmanian Government and the Australian Packaging 


Mr Marsh said rewarding a community for caring for its environment was an 

important function of KAB Tasmania.