- Successful Anzac Centenary commemorations commended
- Huge volunteering effort on waste and littering
Albany has been chosen the 2015 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities winner for Western Australia for its success in staging Anzac Centenary events and its improvements in waste management.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said Albany's entry was very impressive, with the judges commenting that the Anzac Centenary commemoration was one of the most significant, game-changing projects seen in the Tidy Towns program.
The Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns' awards represents a holistic assessment of projects which protect cultural and natural heritage values and promote sustainable living.
Last November marked the 100-year anniversary of Australian and New Zealand troops departing from Albany to the battle fields of WWI. The city hosted 40,000 visitors for the commemoration, doubling its population over the weekend event.
"There were high expectations on Albany's efforts to commemorate this important anniversary and the whole community rose to the challenge," Mr Jacob said. "There was a community-wide 2,500-person volunteering effort to deliver entertainment, accommodation, food and general hospitality to visiting dignitaries and tourists.
"Albany has also been commended for improvements in waste management, with new recycling and waste bins around the city, and a 50 per cent reduction in tip fees for residents who sorted their rubbish before going over the weighbridge."
The judges also commented that Albany had reduced water, energy and labour requirements across its central irrigation system, and achieved positive outcomes for at-risk youth through the arts.
The categories winners were:
- Water Conservation and Energy Innovation - Kalgoorlie-Boulder
- Natural Environment Conservation - Greenbushes
- Young Legends - Toodyay
- Waste Management and Litter Prevention - Karratha
- Community Action and Partnerships - Wongan Hills
- General Appearance - Esperance
- Heritage and Culture - Albany.
- Albany will now represent WA at the national Tidy Towns awards
- This year, the Keep Australia Beautiful Western Australian Tidy Towns' awards celebrate 46 years
- For more information, visit http://www.kabc.wa.gov.au/
Minister's office - 6552 5800