Western Australia’s tidy towns leading way in litter prevention

  • Gascoyne Junction named State Winner in Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards
  • Awards recognise regional and remote communities reducing litter
  • 27 WA communities competed across eight categories
  • Western Australia’s regional and remote communities have been recognised at the 2022 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards, with Gascoyne Junction taking out the top honour.

    This year, 27 community finalists competed across eight categories in the Keep Australia Beautiful Council’s annual awards.

    Gascoyne Junction also won the Environmental Sustainability category for leading the way with its litter prevention initiatives and water planning.

    Collie’s Terry Ransome was named 2022 Litter Legend for his litter clean-ups spanning four decades, while Nyabing’s Adele Collins took out the Future Leaders Award.

    The Shire of Exmouth received the Community Containers for Change Award for most effectively using its 10 cent container deposit scheme refunds, with more than 1.64 million containers recycled and $164,000 raised by the community.

    Other category winners included Carnamah, Albany, Williams, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, City of Karratha and Horrocks.

    The Awards are funded by the State Government through the Waste Authority and supported by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Main Roads Western Australia, Natsales Advertising, WA Return Recycle Renew Ltd, Vanguard Press and Western Australian Landcare Network Group.

    For more information on the winners, visit www.kabc.wa.gov.au/get-involved/tidy-towns-sustainable-communities/

    As stated by Environment Minister Reece Whitby:

    “I congratulate all the winners and finalists who have gone above and beyond in reducing litter, making your community proud. 

    “Gascoyne Junction has shown with determination and community support, towns can become more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

    “For more than 50 years, these awards have showcased the important work happening right across our State and I look forward to that continuing as we move towards a more sustainable WA.”

    Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities 2022 Award Winners
    Category Winner and project
    Litter Prevention and Waste Management Carnamah: Funding community groups via resource recovery
    Young Legends Albany: Youth Advisory Council Heywire Project
    Environmental Sustainability Gascoyne Junction: Water conservation and future-proofing
    Environmental EducationWilliams: Williams Wildlife Warriors
    Heritage and CultureKalgoorlie-Boulder: Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre
    General Appearance City of Karratha: Beautification – Bayley Avenue, city roundabouts and streetscapes
    Community Action and Wellbeing Horrocks: Glance over lookout
    Future Leaders Award Nyabing: Adele Collins
    Community Containers for Change Shire of Exmouth: Exmouth Containers for Change
    Litter Legend Shire of Collie: Terry Ransome
    State Winner Gascoyne Junction

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