Environmental News

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 The competition has been replaced by an accreditation program, acknowledging every participating town with a 1 to 5 star rating, based on key environmental focus areas.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!

If you haven't yet joined us on Facebook or Twitter, you should.

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!

Queensland: What a disgrace

David Curtin - Thursday, August 28, 2014

It’s a reputation no Queenslander would be proud of.

Our beautiful State has officially been named the worst littered State of Australia according to the latest National Litter Index (NLI) results, released today by the Keep Australia Beautiful network.

Keep Queensland Beautiful (formerly Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland), is waging a battle against the litter that is a blight on our State from coast to coast – town to town.

According to the index, cigarette butts remained Queensland’s and Australia’s worst littered item, followed by paper, cardboard and plastic.

Keep Queensland Beautiful CEO, David Curtin is appalled that Queensland has fallen behind all other States and Territories, saying “Queenslanders and visitors to the Sunshine State should be ashamed of this result. Will our next tourism slogan be beautiful one day, filthy the next?

“If this were a State of Origin, I am certain Queenslanders would pay attention, muscle in and clean up their act.

“It seems when we are away from the home (where we do the right thing), our civic pride goes out the window with the NLI revealing Retail sites and Shopping centres identified as the grubbiest locations across all 151 sites surveyed in Queensland.”

“Do we want the World to remember Queensland as the grubby State when they see us during the G20 and Commonwealth Games?

“I have a simple message: BIN IT. It’s time now to clean up and make sure the message to litterbugs is loud and clear.” said Curtin.

While our recreational parks are cleaner and improving, our retail sites and shopping centres are shameful, and our Highways are strewn with litter and dumped items – either deliberately or by careless travellers not securing their loads when transporting goods or rubbish.

Keep Queensland Beautiful are mobilising armies of men, women and children, along with businesses throughout the State to adopt areas in their local communities that they commit to keeping tidy – it’s called the Adopt-a-Spot program and this simple anti-litter and recycling program has the power to change the environmental health – and the outlook – of entire communities.

Keep Queensland Beautiful will provide the equipment, insurance and training you need to make a difference.

It’s time to spring clean!

Keep Queensland Beautiful is asking all Queenslanders and visitors to our State to pledge their support, change their habits and hold others accountable.

Join the “City Spring Clean” campaign: www.keepqueenslandbeautiful.org.au/springclean
Or report a litterer: 1300 LITTER or visit www.litter.org.au

David Curtin, Chief Executive Officer, Keep Queensland Beautiful
M: 0435 602 737     E: DCurtin@keepqueenslandbeautiful.org.au