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The picturesque township of Stanley on Tasmania’s north-west coast has been named the Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) Tasmanian Tidy Town for 2016.

The other major award winners, presented at a function attended by 76 community leaders and volunteers at Triabunna today (19 August 2016), were Glenorchy (KAB Tasmania Sustainable Cities Award) and Randalls Bay (KAB Tasmania Clean Beach Award). 

2016 awards judge Lesley Gardner said, “The Stanley community takes enormous pride in what it achieves.”

Ms Gardner said the Tidy Town award acknowledged the town’s significant cultural and heritage legacy, including its beautifully preserved colonial buildings. 

“The historic village of Stanley is a melting pot of history, architecture and culture, with many historic properties now restored to operate as cafes, shops and accommodation,” she said.

“The town is also close to some great nature experiences, including the coastal Rocky Cape National Park, which is just a short trip east, the temperate rainforests and Savage River National Park.

“It is pleasing to see another year of high calibre Tasmanian finalists from every corner of our wonderful state.” 

Ms Gardner said Glenorchy continued to demonstrate achievement by supporting a range of practical sustainability programs and projects in the city.  

The city, which also took out the 2015 Australian Sustainable Cities Award, was recognised for its ongoing commitment to developing community spaces, including Giblins reserve and the KGV redevelopment.

“These projects are helping its culturally diverse community achieve an efficient and sustainable future,” Ms Gardner said. 

Population category awards were also presented as follows:

Under 500 - Buckland 

501 - 1000 - Campania

1001 - 2000 - Geeveston

2001 - 5000 - Smithton 

More than 5000 - Wynyard 

The KAB Community Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Cynthia Maxwell-Smith from Glamorgan Spring Bay Council.

Described as a “true champion of community and environmental sustainability”, Ms Maxwell-Smith was acknowledged for her involvement in her community, both as an employee and resident of the local area, and her dedication as an advocate for KAB.

The 2016 Youth Award was presented to Project O and the young women from Wynyard High School. 

The program, which is being trialled in the north west in partnership with Big hART, will assist young women in rural communities to provide experiences that develop new capacities, build resilience and help prevent family violence. 

The Tasmanian Tidy Towns program is run by the KAB Tasmania Council with support from the Tasmanian Government and the Australian Packaging Covenant. 

Ms Gardner said rewarding a community for caring for its environment was an important function of KAB

Triabunna’s Tidy Title - 2016 National Tidy Town

Keep Australia Beautiful has announced the Tasmanian finalist Triabunna as the winner of the 2016 Australian Tidy Towns Awards, at an event held in Toodyay in Western Australia on 18 March. 

The Australian Tidy Towns program sets out to recognise the hard work undertaken by individuals and groups in rural communities and share these best practices and ideas to continue to improve our vibrant rural towns. Running since 1990, the national awards are sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant and the Department of the Environment

Triabunna also won Environmental Sustainability and were highly commended in a number of awards: Community Action and Wellbeing; Young Legends and Environmental Education. 

Australian Tidy Towns judge Jill Grant said, “The combination of vision and guidance provided by the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council and the dedicated and consistent efforts of community organisations and volunteers have greatly magnified the impact of a range of initiatives that preserve and enhance environmental quality and celebrate and showcase the long history of the area.” 

“The town has several key focal points and groups that unite the community and bring together environmental and social projects that address the key interests of the community,” Ms Grant said. 

Philip Robinson, CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful said, “The focus on youth in Triabunna is led by the impressive programs at the local school and is complemented by The Village hub that provides a range of enrichment activities and support for health, wellbeing and creativity.” 

“It’s pleasing to see another year of high calibre National finalists from every corner of our amazing country,” Mr Robinson said. 

The two-day event included a tour of Toodyay that showcased some of the town’s excellent projects which contributed to their win last year; an address by Rhys Williams, the 2015 WA Young Person of the year; highlights from Jill Grant’s judging tour; finalist case studies; as well as opportunities which allowed representatives the chance to share information and network with like-minded professionals from around Australia. 

David Carter, CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) said, “The Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns program provides an important platform for communities and their local councils to share their achievements in litter prevention and environmental sustainability.” 

“The APC is pleased to be a key supporter of the nation-wide KAB Tidy Towns awards and we congratulate all finalists and the 2016 award winners.” 

This year the program received 308 applicants, with 1454 category submissions across councils, shires, community groups, schools, and individuals. 

The full judge reports and winners book are available at www.kab.org.au  

Australian Tidy Towns winners table 2016



Highly Commended

Community Action and Wellbeing

Mundulla, SA

Mt Liebig, NT

Triabunna, TAS

Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention, Waste Management & Resource Recovery

Orange, NSW

Albany, WA

Mt Liebig, NT

Environmental Sustainability

Triabunna, TAS

Horsham, VIC

Orange, NSW

Heritage and Culture

Albany, WA

Mt Liebig, NT

Roma, QLD 

Young Legends

Roma, QLD

Mundulla, SA

Triabunna, TAS

Environmental Education

Horsham, VIC

Triabunna, TAS

Albany, WA

Mt Liebig, NT

Special Commendation

Mt Liebig, NT

Overall Winner

Triabunna, TAS