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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Caloundra is Australia's tidiest town

Media release
8 May 2012

The town of Caloundra on Queensland's Sunshine Coast is the overall winner of the 2012 Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns Award.

Caloundra was recognised at a ceremony in Canberra today for its efforts to control litter and growing waste levels.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, congratulated Caloundra along with all finalists, communities and volunteers involved in the awards.

"On behalf of the Australian Government, I'd particularly like to pay tribute to this year's overall winner, Caloundra, which is notable for its innovative program recycling 95 per cent of each unwanted mattress " Senator Farrell said.

"The other finalists Mount Gambier, SA; Kyogle, NSW; Mornington, VIC; West Arthur, WA; Wynyard, TAS; Wugularr (Beswick), NT should also be very proud of their outstanding efforts.

"These towns are great examples of communities working together to help improve and protect their local surroundings and enhance the health of the environment for all Australians."

Senator Farrell said the prestigious Tidy Towns Awards program continues to inspire communities to work towards a sustainable future.

"While there have been great improvements in how we deal with waste in Australia and in our levels of recycling, there is still more that can be done to protect our beautiful country and unique and precious natural environments," Senator Farrell said.

"E-waste is a growing issue, and the first services under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme will start to roll out later this month, with access to services expanding across Australia by the end of 2013.

"Under the Scheme which is funded and run by industry and regulated by the Australian Government households and small business will be able to dispose of unwanted televisions, computers and computer products for recycling, free of charge.

"Environment ministers are also considering options for dealing with the issue of packaging waste across the nation."

Senator Farrell said the Tidy Towns Awards celebrate significant sustainability achievements made by rural and regional communities across Australia.

"I commend Keep Australia Beautiful for these awards, which involve individuals and organisations working together for the good of the whole community and thereby represent some of the very best attributes of Australian life."

Category Winner
Overall Caloundra, QLD
Community Action & Partnerships Caloundra, QLD
'Dame Phyllis Frost' Litter Prevention Caloundra, QLD
Resource Recovery & Waste Management Wynyard, TAS
Environmental Innovation & Protection Mornington, VIC
Water Conservation West Arthur, WA
Energy Innovation Mount Gambier, SA
Heritage & Culture Wugularr/Beswick, NT
Young Legends Kyogle, NSW