Keep Australia Beautiful has announced the Tasmanian finalist King Island as the winner of the 2022 Australian Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns Awards, at an event hosted by last year’s winner Hastings, Victoria late July.
Running nationally since 1990, the Australian Sustainable Communities - Tidy Towns Awards have evolved to encompass projects and initiatives with a focus on environmental sustainability and resource management to reflect a growing awareness of the importance of community-led environmental action.
The Tidy Towns name has always been synonymous with community pride, cohesion and above all, community action. The awards reach beyond tourism to encourage, motivate and celebrate the sustainability achievements of grassroots rural and regional communities across Australia.
King Island was also the winner of the Environmental Sustainability - Energy category and the Environmental Sustainability - Natural Environment Management.
King Island’s The Green Team was awarded winner of the Young Legends (Group) category.
Australian Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns judge Gail Langley said the town – anchored in the middle of Bass Strait between Victoria and Tasmania’s north-west – is one of Australia’s undiscovered island retreats.
“King Island is rich in history and wild beauty. This tiny piece of paradise produces some of Australia’s finest natural foods,” commented Ms Langley.
“Although idyllic in every aspect, the King Island community and Council are also realistic, acknowledging their future challenges of managing growth, enhancing the environment and balancing services.
“The community demonstrates an enormous passion for their unique environment and ancestry, exemplifying the concept of sustainability. It is a resourceful place, with the island’s services mostly run by volunteers.”
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