Sustainable Cities and Tidy Towns

Categories and Criteria

Sustainable Cities Award

Key Dates

Entries close:

Sustainable Schools Closing Date:

Friday 21st August

Successful schools will be notified on:

Wednesday 26th August

Community Kindness Awards Closing:

Friday 25th September

Awards Presentation :
Fri 6th November, 2020 Wilmot.
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Sustainable Cities Awards and Tidy Towns will not be run in 2020. Nominations are invited for the Community Kindness program instead.

Who Can Enter?

Almost Everyone Living in a City!
Individuals, local government, service clubs, schools, clubs, community groups, in fact anyone or any organisation who is proud of their city.


The award categories for Tidy Towns and Sustainable Cities are:-

  1. Litter Prevention, Waste Management and Resource Recovery
  2. Natural Environment Conservation
  3. Environmental Sustainability
  4. Heritage and Culture
  5. Community Action and Partnerships
  6. Health and Wellbeing
  7. Youth Leadership & Activities

1. Litter Prevention, Waste Management and Resource Recovery

This category recognises achievements in reusing, reducing and recycling waste and in litter management and prevention. These are some examples:

  • Adequate provision and collection of litter bins and other waste streams (e.g. recycling, cigarette bins) in public areas, with appropriate signage
  • Resource recovery centres and waste transfer stations
  • Integrated waste management plans
  • Education programs and community awareness programs that focus on best practices waste management, litter prevention and recycling
  • E-waste recycling, composting, worm farms, organics

2. Natural Environment Conservation

This category recognises the protection, conservation and enhancement of the natural environment; including waterways, flora, fauna, roadsides and recreation areas. These are some examples:

  • Protection schemes for local flora and/or fauna
  • Weed removal and vegetation management associated with waterways and wetlands
  • Education and community awareness programs
  • Interpretive signage
  • Land Care, Coast Care,Friends groups

3. Environmental Sustainability

This category recognises the sustainable use of resources and the creation of sustainable communities.   It includes energy and water management and efficiencies, decreasing the environmental footprint and sustainable transport. These are some examples:

  • Energy efficiency initiatives including energy efficient alternative products and energy reduction practices
  • Capture and sustainable use of water sources
  • Water reuse schemes
  • Community awareness and education initiatives
  • Promotion of sustainable transport options

4. Heritage and Culture

This category recognises initiatives that preserve, celebrate and value heritage and culture.  Buildings, places, objects, events, practices, stories and ore are embraced within this category including maritime, agricultural and industrial.  These are some examples:

  • Celebrations and commemorations of historical events
  • Local museum and history displays
  • Cemeteries, memorial parks and gardens
  • Community awareness, interpretive signage and displays
  • Historical walks or interpretive heritage trails

5. Community Action and Partnerships

This category recognises the partnerships formed in communities, between schools, community groups, businesses, industry and local government.  It also recognises the actions undertaken to protect, enhance and promote the community and its features.  These are some examples:

  • Local government, industry and business support of schools and community groups, community initiatives and events
  • Joint initiatives e.g. schools and community working together on project, business and community group
  • Volunteer initiatives
  • Festivals, celebrations or events, and associated community involvement
  • Community spirit, drive and pride
  • the way the town/city presents itself (e.g. streetscapes, parks and gardens etc)

6. Health and Wellbeing

This category recognises initiatives that contribute to the health and wellbeing (physical and mental) of the community and in particular, linkages to the environment.  These are some examples:

  • Cycling and walking trails
  • Playgrounds, skate and bike parks and fitness equipment
  • Men's sheds and other community facilities to encourage a healthy life-style
  • Provision for the aged and the disabled
  • Community gardens, produced swaps and vegetable gardens

7. Youth Leadership & Activities

This category recognises the achievements by young people or joint initiatives that contribute to sustainability in their town.  These are some examples:

  • Youth run groups or initiatives e.g. Young leaders, Youth Environment Councils, SRC initiatives
  • Mentoring programs and 'buddy' systems
  • Community driven events or actions e.g. fundraising events, campaigning for skate park
  • Public education campaigns driven by young people
  • Youth connections. For example - council, business, awards program

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