Environmental News

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

Queensland's Tidiest Town for 2014 is Cooktown

David Curtin - Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The iconic Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns program in Queensland has undergone a complete overhaul.

Formerly a 'competition' - awarding category honours in Environmental Protection and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation, Heritage and Culture, Litter Prevention, Waste Management and Resource Recovery and Bush Spirit. The competition has been replaced by an accreditation program, acknowledging every participating town with a 1 to 5 star rating, based on key environmental focus areas.

For the first time ever, Keep Queensland Beautiful joined the line-up of presentations at the Local Government Association of Queensland annual conference in Mackay (27-29 October).

Click the image below to watch the YouTube video announcement shown at the Local Government conference.


Their outstanding Tidy Towns submission highlighted a number of grand achievements in all focus areas, from irrigation of all town parks along the waterfront, plans for one of the largest solar farms to commence over Christmas this year, enormous community spirit during the cleanup from Tropical Cyclone Ita, great tyre, battery and mobile phone recycling initiatives, along with an extensive network of street and public place recycling bins and surveillance cameras to issue penalty notices to those who continue to do the wrong thing.


Well done to the Cook Shire Council and the Cooktown community!

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Until next time,

David Curtin
Chief Executive Officer

M: 0435 603 737 (Media Contact)

E: DCurtin [at] keepqueenslandbeautiful.org.au 

SPECIAL NOTE: Queensland's Friendliest Town will be announced early December! Stay tuned!