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The 2014-15 Sustainable Communities Awards were held on 24th October in Sheffield. The following major awards were announced:-

Tidy Towns Award Winner

Sustainable Cities Winner

Clean Beaches Winner

Sustainable Schools Winner


Tidy Towns Award Winner

Westbury has been named the Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) Tasmanian Tidy Town for 2014.

Judge Barrie Muir said Westbury was a town with a very caring community that takes enormous pride in what it does.

“It listens to the views of its younger members, meets its environmental challenges head-on via committed individuals and groups and has given a new meaning to the word recycling,” he said.

“It is a town with a very rich historical background.  One notices some reference to or evidence of the town’s history in so many parts of the town. 

“Westbury also places a priority on health and wellbeing with many excellent sporting venues and club facilities, including a Men’s Shed, an outstanding community garden and a very active garden club.

“Westbury is a town which, through its enthusiasm, its obvious understanding of sustainability and its excellent community spirit deserves any success which it may achieve.”

Population category awards were also presented as follows:

Up to 500            Winner – Freycinet Peninsula
501 – 2000          Winner - Huonville
2001 – 5000        Winner – Central Highlands (for the second year in succession)

Sustainable Cities Winner

Mr Muir said Launceston, the winner of the KAB Tasmania Sustainable Cities Award, had won the award previously, but had not “rested on its laurels” following past successes.

“The elected and employed personnel on the council have demonstrated that they care very much about the job they are doing,” he said.

“Launceston is home to so many “friends of” groups that give their time frequently and willingly to rejuvenate, rehabilitate and reinvigorate the environment.

“Assessing energy and water conservation and matters associated with all aspects of waste management, the Launceston City Council not only leads by example but helps and encourages its communities to follow its lead.

“Launceston is also a city that cares deeply about its history and looks for new ways to share this with residents and visitors.”

Clean Beaches 

Mr Muir said the winner of the Clean Beach award, Richardsons Beach, provided appropriate facilities for those wishing to spend the day that were “well looked after” and had been constructed in a “discreet” way.

“Local groups and professional rangers and service providers have worked very hard to make this beach a very special venue to ensure that it retains its natural beauty and continues to attract tourists, beach-goers and campers.”

Sustainable Schools Winners

Winners in the Sustainable Schools Awards were:

North west region
Primary section – Latrobe 
Secondary section –Sheffield School

Northern region
Primary section – Beaconsfield 
Secondary section – St Patricks College

Southern region
Primary section –Bruny Island
Secondary section – Oatlands District School 

The prestigious John Donaghy Memorial Award was presented to Sally Doyle in recognition of “her enthusiastic commitment to the life of the Geeveston community and beyond”.

The Youth Award was presented to the Huonville-based Students Working Against Poverty (SWAP).