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Keep Australia Beautiful NSW calls for entries to the most prestigious sustainability awards in NSW

The Keep Australia Beautiful NSW (KABNSW) Sustainable Cities and Sustainable Communities - Tidy Towns awards are now accepting entries for 2020 to celebrate the achievements of NSW Councils, community groups, businesses, schools, individuals and towns in keeping our state sustainable. These annual awards recognise projects that reduce litter, minimise waste, encourage recycling, promote heritage and culture, habitat, celebrate community spirit, sustainability and many other environmental endeavours. Val Southam, Chief Executive Officer KABNSW, sees taking part in the awards as rewarding and exciting. “Entering the awards provides you with a wonderful opportunity to reflect on your achievements and work over the year”, commented Ms Southam. “The benefits of taking part are many. Communities, volunteers and hard work can gain recognition, in turn assisting with grant funding, future planning approvals and state-wide credibility.” The awards, running since 1981, have enhanced public understanding of the environmental and social issues affecting all of NSW. “They encourage and empower people to play an active role in creating a sustainable future for their local area, making NSW a prime model for sustainable practices across all sectors of the community and industry,” added Ms Southam. Councils, businesses, NGOs, community groups, schools and individuals will be recognised at awards events this October (Cities) and November (Towns). Towns and suburbs with entries in four or more categories will also be eligible to win the Overall Award. This year, the awards categories include:

  • Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

  • Circular Economy

  • Coastal and Waterways Protection

  • Community Spirit and Inclusion

  • Don’t Be a Tosser! Litter Action

  • Environmental Communication

  • Habitat and Wildlife Conservation

  • Heritage and Culture

  • Recycled Organics

  • Renewable Energy

  • Response to Climate Change

  • Return and Earn Litter Prevention

  • Schools Environmental Achievement

  • Sustainable Projects

  • Waste Less, Recycle More Waste Minimisation

  • Young Legends Environmental

For more information or to enter, visit

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