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Tidy Towns - Sustainable Communities

Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities recognises and rewards regional and remote communities who take positive action to protect and enhance their environment.

With a passionate, proud and sustainability-minded community, Esperance has been longstanding entrant in this award.

Tidy Towns is about people getting together to provide a place where visitors are delighted to come, and locals want to stay, and it’s about reducing litter, water and energy consumption, celebrating culture and heritage and protecting Western Australia’s precious natural environment. All entries are judged on a community doing the best with what it has.

Almost any community project can be considered as a Tidy Towns project - as we all work on what is important to our community. Community groups may already be working on many projects that can be rewarded through Tidy Towns.

There are seven categories in the award and we are always on the lookout for local projects to highlight.

Our 2019 entry is in and the Tidy Towns Judging took place on Friday the 28th of June. We are awaiting the results of the judging.

For our 2020 entry we are already looking for projects that are planned, maintained or completed during the timeframe 1 June 2019 to 31 May 2020.

If you know of such a project we welcome your suggestions.

Heritage and Culture

Recognises a community’s outstanding commitment to the conservation and celebration of a community’s indigenous and non-indigenous heritage and culture. 

Judges look for:

  • Successful outcomes from community/government strategies/initiatives designed to address preservation of cultural or natural history and culturally significant buildings and sites.
  • Development and/or implementation of innovative, community-based strategic or business plans relating to historic or cultural preservation and/or restoration.
  • Research into and the protection, and where appropriate display, of culturally significant sites records and artefacts.
  • Celebration, within and by the local community, of culturally significant events/traditions

Young Legends

Recognises achievement by an individual or group/s of young people (under 25) who have contributed to the sustainability of their community.

Judges look for:

  • Successful outcomes relating to the community arising from youth-initiated or youth-led environmental action.
  • Demonstration of initiative, leadership and strength of character in taking action on behalf of a community.

Community Action and Wellbeing

This award recognises the achievements of a community in creating a healthy, vibrant community that has actively engaged groups from all sectors.  

Judges look for:

  • Sound working relationships between the community and local governments leading to successful outcomes. This should involve two way communication, relating to town management plans/strategies, maintenance and development of facilities.  
  • Mutual support and promotion of community and government initiatives.  Successful community led initiatives across the category areas.
  • Organised community clean-ups and ongoing litter management activities.
  • Involvement of youth groups, schools and clubs in positive community management activities.
  • Fauna and flora protection and/or rehabilitation activities initiated by the community.
  • Community-led resource recovery, reuse and recycling activities.
  • Cultural heritage celebrations/projects initiated by the community.
  • Provision for an accessible community (visitor and tourist facilities, including toilets, picnic areas, shaded playgrounds, carparks and tourist information services with adequate, well placed directional signage for parking, amenities, information services, tourist attractions). 

Environmental Sustainability

Recognises an outstanding community’s achievements in adaptation to environmental change. Often through working in partnership with local government, industry and the wider public.  

Water - Recognises sustainable water management and education within communities which has innovative water conservation and/or water re-use initiatives. 

Energy - Recognises sustainable energy management and education which focuses on innovative energy efficiency measures.

Nature Conservation - Recognises nature conservation programs which encourage community education and/or involvement in the planning, development and/or implementation of innovative strategies which focus on better community understanding, and environmental protection.

Judges look for:

  • Innovative design in water and waste water re-use projects and implementation of water sensitive urban design principles.
  • Water minimisation practices and/or devices, e.g. automatic shut-off taps on public toilets and showers, evaporation protection measures, etc.
  • Local government support for innovative community/industry projects, concepts, studies and/or research which focus on innovative water conservation and/or reuse initiatives.
  • Programs and partnerships which encourage community involvement in innovative strategies focussing  on renewable energy use, climate change issues.
  • Energy minimisation practices and/or devices at public facilities, e.g. long-life light globes, solar-heated/powered public facilities or services, automatic light shut-off switches.
  • Commitment to, or involvement in, community action programs such as Landcare, Coastcare, Bushcare and similar initiatives.
  • Established local conservation and/or environment group(s).
  • Practical conservation initiatives  and habitat management plans such as wildlife corridors.
  • Feral animal management policies and plans.
  • Weed eradication policies and programs.
  • Projects addressing salinity and soil erosion.

Environmental Education

Recognises an outstanding initiative, organisation or community for its innovative environmental advocacy and or awareness program across any/all criteria.

This award is open to schools, tertiary institutions, childcare centres, councils and community groups.

Judges look for;

  • Education initiatives and community awareness programs relating to sustainability,  the local environment and conservation.
  • Innovative approaches to environmental education.
  • Environmental education leading to empowerment, behaviour change, community/society improvements.
  • Community/local government/industry encouragement of, and involvement in, youth activities, particularly welfare, health, environment and conservation activities.

Litter Prevention and Waste Management 

Recognises innovation and achievements in litter prevention, reducing and managing waste.  

Judges look for:

  • Adequate, accessible, visible litter and recycling bins in high traffic areas, commercial centres and public parks/areas.
  • Frequent and adequate collection of litter and recycling, followed by appropriate disposal.
  • Dog prohibition or the provision of dog-litter bags and disposal facilities, in public areas such as parks and beaches.
  • Cigarette butt disposal facilities in commercial centres and public parks/areas.
  • Regular clean-up activities, including roadside clean-ups, by the community and/or local government.
  • Litter-awareness signs.
  • Adequate fencing or other devices to manage litter blow at waste transfer and refuse facilities.
  • Integration of litter and waste management activities into a broader waste management strategy.
  • Regular, competent community/regional litter audits to assist with preventative and education measures.
  • Recovery and re-use of resources such as organics, green materials, glass, paper, cardboard, aluminium, plastic, batteries, fluoro tubes and oil.
  • Innovative use of recovered resources, (e.g. compost in local government services to the community).
  • Integration of resource recovery, recycling and waste management activities into a broader waste management strategy.
  • Litter and recycling education and awareness programs, literature and/or signage by local government, schools and/or community groups.

General Appearance

Recognises improvements to a community’s general appearance including, but not restricted to, entries/approaches to town, business and retail areas, sporting areas, public parks and gardens, private homes and streets, including footpaths and verges.  

Judges look for:

  • A tidy and well-maintained town, including public parks and gardens, industry and business, streets, footpaths verges and median strips.
  • Projects that have enhanced a streetscape
  • Restoration of prominent buildings
  • Water wise road side planting

For inspiration a snapshot of winning projects, including some of Esperance's very own - and history of the program can be found at the Keep Australia Beautiful WA Website.

If you know of a suitable local project or would like to know more about the program, please call our Community Development Officer on 9071 0678.

Typically, submissions are due in May/June with judging place over June and July. State finalists are announced in August and the Awards Ceremony takes place in September/October.

The information about each project that we send to Tidy Towns as part of our entry is not too onerus -  a paragraph (or bullet points) with a brief overview (who/what/when/why/how), plus URL links to any media articles/websites and a few images.

Don't wait for a tap on the shoulder - we would love to hear about your projects