Environmental News

Airlie Beach gleaming after Clean Beach award

David Curtin - Friday, February 22, 2019

The Whitsunday’s are gleaming with delight today, as they receive the Queensland’s Cleanest Beach accolade from environmental movement, Keep Queensland Beautiful, as part of the annual Tidy Towns competition.

Airlie Beach is the vibrant hub at the heart of the Whitsunday's - the ideal holiday destination, a lifestyle envied by City families and a must-visit stop for those who like to explore and take on an adventure.

Celebrating 50 years, Keep Queensland Beautiful’s flagship program; Tidy Towns continues to reward the sustainable actions taken every day by Queenslanders. The accreditation and awards program recognise the hard work that often gets taken for granted or overlooked in towns across Queensland.

Tidy Towns is more than just a ‘beauty’ contest said David Curtin, CEO of Keep Queensland Beautiful.

Airlie Beach / Cannonvale, over the past 5 years have undertaken a number of environmental or sustainability initiatives, including the picturesque Botanic Gardens – one of two in Australia that incorporates the marine environment.

The ‘heart of the Reef’ – as it is fondly known; Airlie Beach has undergone a makeover, with the main street revitalisation project and complimentary ‘love Airlie Beach’ campaign.

“Airlie Beach is one of those places that you either love it, or really-really love” said Keep Queensland Beautiful, CEO David Curtin.

“It has a lifestyle that many envies. Pristine beaches, coastal hideaways and adventure for days. Who wouldn’t love to call Airlie Beach home?

“On assessing the Clean Beach award – which really is about the whole community, not just the sand, and keeping the marine environment tidy or free of rubbish,

“Clean Beaches has morphed into a more complex competition – a sustainable community that works together to achieve outcomes that enhance and protect the natural environment, expected lifestyles, build community spirit and that implements sustainable practices and programs across nine key focus areas.

“Airlie Beach was a favourite of our judges,” he said.

Other projects in the region worth noting:

  • Whitsunday Reef Festival (18 years of vibrant family friendly fun and entertainment)
  • Sewerage plant upgrade
  • Gross pollutant traps to prevent litter entering Pioneer Bay and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said it is a fantastic outcome for both our community and our resilient tourism industry that the Airlie Beach/Cannonvale beaches have been recognized as the cleanest in Queensland.

“Our community know that we live in a special and unique part of the world and it is great that we get kudos for keeping our natural attractions in pristine condition.

“Our $6.3 million Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation will be complete after Easter and will transform the beach area with a new 10.5m tall playground, 57 extra sealed carparks, more seating and shade umbrellas, new sound stage, refurbished amenities block, extra landscaping and a 3m wide beachfront path connecting the foreshore to the Airlie Beach Lagoon.

“This hugely exciting revitalisation will create a high-quality seaside experience for all our domestic and international visitors to Airlie Beach and perfectly complement our amazing beaches,” he said.

Keep Queensland Beautiful judges take into account every community's geographic, environmental and economic circumstances, and assess how efficiently and effectively the community uses the resources available to it against a range of criteria.

Judges assess each community based on progress in nine key focus areas:

  • Environmental Protection 
  • Innovation 
  • Heritage and Culture 
  • Litter Action 
  • Waste Management 
  • Resource Recovery 
  • Community Spirit 
  • Water Conservation 
  • Energy Innovation

2018 Award Winners:

  • Queensland’s Tidiest Town: Wondai
  • Environmental Protection Award: Julia Creek
  • Heritage and Culture Award: Mitchell
  • Litter Legend Award: Warwick Rubbish Rambler (Highly Commended: Cr Rick Baberowski)
  • Waste Warriors Award: Edison’s Burger Bar, Emerald
  • Community Spirit Award: Landsborough – love where we live
  • Community Champion: Frank Deshon, Dirranbandi
  • Energy Innovation Award: Emerald (Highly Commended: Julia Creek)
  • Destination Award: Springsure
  • Cleaner Greener School Award: Wondai P-9 State School
  • Queensland’s Friendliest Town Award…. Cloncurry

For more information on the Queensland Tidy Towns accreditation and awards program, visit www.tidytowns.com.au