Environmental News

The Curry charm wins Friendliest Town award

David Curtin - Friday, December 07, 2018

The outback Queensland town of Cloncurry has been named Queensland's Friendliest Town by environmental movement Keep Queensland Beautiful, in the Tidy Towns 2018 competition.

'The Curry' as it is affectionately known by locals, out-performed 39 other communities in Queensland to claim the coveted title, having only just put away the trophy from their 2013 win.

Few places can claim to be as influential in shaping Australia, as Cloncurry - birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and destination of the first Qantas flight, it is a community that celebrates outback life, the true Australian way.

You only need to spend a short amount of time in the Curry to realise that it really is 'The Friendly Heart of Outback Queensland' - from the knowledgeable staff (and volunteers) at the Cloncurry Unearthed Information Centre and Museum, to the passing wave or a warm welcome from a local - Cloncurry is rich with authentic heritage and modern day experiences.

Being awarded the 'friendly town' requires more than just being amiable to visitors though. A friendly town is the holistic experience - lifestyle and amenities, treasures and opportunities, history and recreation.

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.

"Cloncurry offers the traveller vast experiences to enjoy; camping under the stars at Clem Walton Park and Corella Dam, fossicking for amethysts, bushwalking and other recreational fun at Chinaman Creek Dam, or picturesque sunsets and scenic views from the lookout" said Keep Queensland Beautiful chief executive David Curtin.

"Spend an afternoon strolling around town on the heritage walk, and imagine how life was at the turn of the century or picnic at one of the many parks in and around town, relax and drift away in the serenity of the region."


Since 1999, the Queensland Tidy Town's competition has included the "Friendliest Town" award as a way of recognising communities that go above and beyond to make visitors feel welcome.

"Cloncurry won the friendliest town in 2013 and it is a great honour to be recognised as Queensland's Tidiest Town again in 2018" said Cloncurry Shire Council Mayor Greg Campbell.

"Cloncurry is very proud of this award and it truly reinforces that we are not only the Friendly Heart of the North West, but also the friendliest town in the State.

"I would like to thank the Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tidy Towns team for the great program and it goes without saying how friendly and welcoming Cloncurry is."

Tidy Towns is more than just a 'beauty' contest says Keep Queensland Beautiful chief executive David Curtin.

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 ten key focus areas.

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

Our 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.

Other award winners:

  • Queensland's Tidiest Town: Wondai (South Burnett Regional Council)
  • Environmental Protection Award: Julia Creek (McKinlay Shire Council)
  • Heritage and Culture Award: Mitchell (Maranoa Regional Council)
  • Litter Legend Award: Cr Rick Baberowski
  • Waste Warriors Award: Edison's Burger Bar (Emerald)
  • Community Spirit Award: Landsborough (Sunshine Coast)
  • Community Champion Award: Frank Deshon (Dirranbandi / Balonne Shire)
  • Energy Innovation Award: Emerald (Central Highlands Regional Council)
  • Destination Award: Springsure (Central Highlands Regional Council)
  • Cleaner Greener School Award: Wondai P-9 State School (South Burnett)

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