TRIABUNNA TASMANIA’S TIDIEST TOWN IN 2015
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 (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.
He said the 2015 awards were judged by Lesley Gardner who replaced retiring
judge Barrie Muir who judged the awards for 8 years.