Keep Australia Beautiful Tasmania announced the King Island the overall winner of the 2021 Tasmanian Sustainable Communities Tidy Towns Awards.
Awards were also presented to Community Groups and a variety of Projects which had impressed the judges.
Nominated by Heidi Weitjens of King Island Distillery, King Island was entered into the Keep Australia Beautiful competition, “I am so proud of King Island and grateful for all the people that make it the award winning place it is. To achieve such accolades without any prior purposeful preparation, I feel is the ultimate genuine compliment. Especially when being officially judged, against the entire State, in its natural every day way that shows our overall island wide efforts are consistent year round. All these awards are truly beyond my wildest dreams and I thank all of King Island and the people that make us so proud," said Heidi Weitjens
First time entrant in the awards King Island, was announced as the overall winner of the 2021 Tasmanian Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns Awards. The Hon Roger Jaensch MP presented the trophy at the presentation hosted by Penguin, as 2020 winner of the Tasmania tidy town.
Now in its 43rd year, the Tasmanian Sustainable Communities - Tidy Towns Awards have evolved to encompass projects and initiatives with a focus on environmental sustainability, resource management and community leadership.
They set out to acknowledge the hard work undertaken by individuals and groups in regional communities and share these best practices and ideas to improve Tasmania’s sustainability and enviable lifestyle. The 2021 awards consist of three special category awards, Community Groups, Projects & Events, Community Citizens as well as population category awards followed by an overall State winner.
Tasmanian Sustainable Communities - Tidy Towns judges Lona Turvey and Cynthia Maxwell-Smith said the community of King Island demonstrated an enormous passion for their unique environment, ancestry and looking after themselves and others.
In the end the overall winner stood out for several reasons. “We were amazed at how this community is served by volunteers. Nearly everyone we met and so many services provided are entirely or mostly run by volunteers,” added Mrs Turvey.
Geoff Marsh, Executive Officer Keep Australia Beautiful commended all the finalists in this year’s Awards. “Entrants in the Sustainable Communities - Tidy Towns competition, who are largely volunteers, are some of the most dedicated and passionate people we are fortunate enough to be involved with," said Mr Marsh.
King Island will represent Tasmania in the National Australian Sustainable Communities Tidy Town awards 2022.
About the Australian Sustainable Communities Awards
Keep Australia Beautiful seeks to lead, challenge and inspire all Australians to strive for a sustainable and litter free environment. It does this through research, communications programs and awards programs.
Its national awards are known as the Australian Sustainable Communities - Tidy Towns Awards. The Awards program commences with state and territory awards and culminates in a national Grand Final event.