Environmental News

Wondai P-9 State School awarded cleanest in State

David Curtin - Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wondai State School has today been announced as Queensland’s Cleaner Greener Schools winner for 2018, as judged by environmental movement Keep Queensland Beautiful.

Earlier this year, school Principal Peter Sansby provided a guided tour of the school to Keep Queensland Beautiful judges during their Tidy Towns assessment. 

David Curtin, CEO of Keep Queensland Beautiful was immediately impressed with the cleanliness of the school grounds.

“Wondai State School are a fine example of what a school community can achieve within the sustainability framework.

“It really doesn’t take much to become sustainable.

“From the typical water tanks and kitchen gardens, which are now standard in schools, Wondai has gone beyond that, with recycled pallet gardens, solar and synthetic grass.

“The award winning Technology and Resource Centre has considered the wellbeing of students during our hot Queensland summers, with raised roofing and electronic louvers.

“Gardens throughout the school are immaculate, and mulched. A testament to the hardworking grounds keeper.

At many schools - a common eyesore - is usually the bike and school bag racks, overflowing with scooters and bike helmets. Not at Wondai State School.

“A dedicated ‘scooter parking zone’ encourages students to use an active method of transport to/from school.

Situated high on Kent Street, bordering thick bushland, where the natural flow of water would be downhill, Wondai State P-9 School has implemented a range of water conservation projects to ensure they can capture and reuse rain water.

  • Capture from building roofs,
  • Water tanks, including underground tanks,
  • Viv Goodhew Oval irrigation,
  • Mulched gardens,
  • Synthetic turf use,
  • Drain covers to capture debris,
  • Tanked toilet water.

Wondai State School is now a leader in sustainability.


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 recognises the hard work that often gets taken for granted in towns across Queensland.

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

“From its humble beginnings, Tidy Towns has morphed into a much more complex competition – a tidy town is a community that works together to achieve outcomes that enhance and protect the natural environment, build community spirit and that implements sustainable practices and programs across nine key focus areas.”

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.

Further awards will be announced throughout November.

  • Environmental Protection Award
  • Heritage and Culture Award
  • Litter Legend Award
  • Waste Warriors Award
  • Community Spirit Award
  • Water Conservation Award
  • Energy Innovation Award
  • Destination Award
  • Friendliest Town Award

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

Wondai claims victory in Queensland Tidy Towns 2018

David Curtin - Saturday, November 03, 2018


Wondai has today been announced as Queensland’s Tidiest Town for 2018, taking out the overall title in this year’s prestigious Queensland Tidy Towns competition.

The quiet South Burnett community out-performed 39 other entrants to claim the coveted title.

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 recognises the hard work that often gets taken for granted in towns across Queensland.

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

“From its humble beginnings, Tidy Towns has morphed into a much more complex competition – a tidy town is a community that works together to achieve outcomes that enhance and protect the natural environment, build community spirit and that implements sustainable practices and programs across nine key focus areas.”

“Wondai has a deep sense of community” David said to a small group of members at their AGM.

“Integral to success is community spirit, not just in the awards program, but for survival in these tough economic times” claimed David.

“For a quaint town, Wondai is rich with an art culture like no other. The Art Gallery and adjoining Coronation Park, without a doubt, bind this quaint little community. “

The Tidy Towns judges were impressed when they visited Wondai back in September, where they toured the town with Councillor Ros Heit and met with locals.

“Wondai has so many wonderful attributes and a friendly and welcoming community.   Being awarded this is a great honour for Wondai and recognition of what a great place Wondai is.” Cr Ros Heit said after hearing of Wondai’s win.

Excited to share the news, the South Burnett Mayor, Keith Campbell said “This is a terrific achievement for the town of Wondai.”

“There is a high level of civic pride in Wondai and attention in the way which the town is presented and displayed is in the hearts, minds and souls in so many of the residents in Wondai.   I am proud of the quality of work that our Council staff contributed to make Wondai an attractive place.” Said the Mayor.

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.

Further awards will be announced throughout November.

  • Environmental Protection Award
  • Heritage and Culture Award
  • Litter Legend Award
  • Waste Warriors Award
  • Community Spirit Award
  • Water Conservation Award
  • Energy Innovation Award
  • Destination Award
  • Cleaner Greener School Award
  • Friendliest Town Award

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