About Keep Australia Beautiful - Tasmania
Keep Australia Beautiful - Tasmania is a non-government, non-political community organisation, with autonomous Councils in each State & Territory working to encourage the protection and improvement of the Australian environment.
KAB's vision is for a nation where all Australians protect and enhance their environment by their own actions.
KAB will inspire and help Australian community, industry and government to protect and enhance their environment and recognise their efforts.
The organisation runs strong anti-litter campaigns, and also educates Australians about environmental issues including waste minimisation, energy conservation, water quality, recycling, coastal care, and roadside management - including revegetation.
KAB's major sustainable communities programs include:
The Schools Environment Awards, recognising the top environmental school in Tasmania with the opportunity for all secondary and special schools to enter each year. They are judged on the environmental programs they implement in the classroom, the school yard, and the wider community.
The Clean Beaches Awards, recognising individuals or community groups for showing pride in their local beach. Judges take into account the beach's geographic, environmental and economic circumstances, and assess the way in which the entrants use the available resources to maintain their beach environment.
Through its National programs KAB Tasmania builds on the success of the grassroots activities of each State and Territory Councils. In addition to providing the backbone for the national programs, KAB Councils' local programs cover issues including revegetation, the conservation of biodiversity, water quality management, and coastal care.
The Keep Australia Beautiful Council (Tasmania) Inc. (KABC) was established in 1971 and has developed a highly credible reputation over more than 42 years as an organisation committed to community enhancement and creating a more sustainable environment.
Along with other State and Territory KAB organisations, KABC Tasmania is a member of Keep Australia Beautiful National Association.
Community development, environmental protection and litter abatement are KABC Tasmania’s prime objectives and are achieved by creating public consciousness and encouraging community action and partnerships.
KABC Tasmania’s members and program participants include local government bodies, community groups, schools, industry and individuals
The organisation encourages councils, schools, community groups and industry to work together for the benefit of the local community and Tasmania as a whole.
KABC Tasmania receives and appreciates support from various local government bodies, industry, community organisations and individuals in the form of membership subscriptions.
The Tasmanian Government has been a strong supporter of KABC Tasmania’s programs and, reciprocally, KABC Tasmania supports and assists the State Government with its own community development programs, waste minimisation, environmental education and litter reduction strategies, along with providing indirect benefits to the tourism industry.
KABC Tasmania is also the beneficiary of assistance from private industry in the State. The Australian Packaging Covenant is a major sponsor of KABC Tasmania’s and KABC National programs.
Sponsorship support is also received from Replas Pty Limited, the Innkeepers Group, and the Wrigley Group
A notable achievement of KABC Tasmania has been to successfully conduct and develop the Tasmanian Tidy Towns Program over the past 33 years. This program has gone from strength to strength and has wide support from community groups, industry, schools and local government. It has been a successful vehicle for fostering community development and for education in the area of environmental awareness.
Over the past few years KABC Tasmania along with other States and Territories conducts two other like programs to Tidy Towns.
Clean Beaches and Sustainable Cities widen the scope to include the main population areas of the nation.
The Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index has been operating for many years and is funded by Federal and State Governments and industry. It remains the only national, comprehensive litter measurement/analysis program with over 1000 sites visited each six months (over 80 across Tasmania) and reported on in high detail annually. It is an invaluable source to help gauge the impact of litter abatement initiatives.
In Tasmania, the KABC Board is comprised of concerned community members and local business people all of whom devote their time and energy to KABC matters on a voluntary basis.
KABC employs a part-time administrator, Mr. Geoff Marsh, who acts as Executive Officer
KABC is a non-profit organisation relying on funding from Government and sponsors to deliver services and programs to the community
In 2012 KABC Tasmania, together with Northern Territory and North Eastern Victoria ran Industry funded National Litter Plan pilots under the proposed National Bin Network. The pilot entailed working closely with State Government, all 29 Local Government Councils, Community groups, individuals and Industry to develop initiatives to reduce all litter and to increase recycling. Those initiatives fall under the general headings of “Education/Awareness’, “Infrastructure” and “Enforcement.