- Wednesday 09 May 2012
Its official: Caloundra is Australia’s tidiest town.
The Sunshine Coast town was announced the overall winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Tidy towns Awards 2012. Caloundra also collected the Community Action & Partnerships prize and the ‘Dame Phyllis Frost’ Litter prevention award.
Caloundra Tidy Towns Group member Graham Smith said the awards were a credit to the local community and Sunshine Coast Council.
"To win the title of Australia’s tidiest town is something that everyone in Caloundra can be very proud of," he said.
"Collecting the additional awards for community actions and Partnerships as well as litter prevention just is testament to the strong civic pride that exists here in Caloundra and the diligence and hard work of the local council."
Australian Tidy Towns judge Dick Olesinski said Caloundra was a dynamic and environmentally aware community.
"Volunteers play an enormous role in ensuring Caloundra achieves positive social, environmental and economic outcomes," he said.
"The many anti-litter, historical and environmental groups work in partnership with the Caloundra Tidy Towns group across a range of projects and are well supported by Sunshine Coast Council."
"The Resource Management Community Education program conducted for council is key to educating the community to prevent litter polluting the local environment, whilst all schools include environmental studies in their programs which is an important tool for maintaining and improving environmental awareness into the future."
Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland CEO, Rick Burnett said Caloundra’s win was an outstanding achievement for the Sunshine Coast and Queensland.
"It is a great win for the local people who have commitment and pride about their local environment and work really hard to keep it clean, tidy and sustainable," he said.
Caloundra was commended by Tidy Towns award judges for the significant resources contributed by Sunshine Coast Council to reducing the impact of plastic bags and litter within local waterways. This includes providing funding and grants to community groups who undertake on-the-ground work and educational activities such as Currimundi Day, weeding work bees, the annual Riversweep and volunteer river watch patrols.
Caloundra was also recognised for its participation in sustainable waste management, water and energy efficiency activities.