On Friday 19 October 2018 the Tasmanian Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) and Sustainable Communities Awards were presented and celebrated in Smithton.
The Awards brought recognition locally as Dodges Ferry was recognised as a Tidy Town winner for the 2001-3000 population category.
For nearly 40 years the Awards have celebrated sustainable practices occurring in Tasmanian communities and recognise the consistent, at times challenging and often-unseen work by individuals, community groups and Councils. Historically the awards focused on litter prevention with the iconic Tidy Town award, however with time the awards have evolved and now look holistically and broadly at communities focusing on seven criteria; litter, waste management and resource recovery, natural environment conservation, environmental sustainability, heritage and culture, community action and partnership, community health and wellbeing and youth leadership and activities.
Sustainable Communities Award Summary
Overall Tidy Towns Winner 2018 – Oatlands
Sustainable Cities Award 2018 – Glenorchy
Youth Award – Kids Earth Ocean Network, Bicheno
Citizen and Friend of KAB Award – Danielle Hall, Glenorchy
Clean Beaches Award – Macquarie Harbour Shoreline Clean-up 2018
Tidy Towns Population Categories
- Bicheno – Population less than 2000
- Dodges Ferry – Population 2001 – 3000
- Somerset – Population 3001 – 4000
- George Town – Population 4001 +
Sorell Council also received Certificates of Recognition for the following:
Community Action and Partnership – Red Ochre/Blue Lagoon Beach as a community Beach that has something to offer everyone.
Environmental Sustainability – Steam Weed Sprayer which is proven to be safe for the environment, community and operator.
KAB judge Ms. Lesley Gardner she feels very honoured to be invited to visit these communities and see the fabulous work that so many do. “It is very inspiring and humbling at the same time. So much is achieved through enthusiasm, passion persistence and partnership and in most cases volunteer hours. Upon reflection my overall feeling about this years awards is that community spirit and determinedness is flourishing with many groups being recognised for building and strengthening partnerships by identifying problems and finding and implement creative solutions to problems.”