All the winners of the Blue Star Sustainability Regional Awards
The second annual Keep NSW Beautiful (KNSWB) Blue Star Sustainability (Regional) Awards were announced on Saturday 5 November 2016 over dinner in beautiful Orange, NSW.
The dinner was hosted by regional ABC broadcaster Michael Croke, and it came in the middle of a weekend full of tours, case study presentations, and networking events hosted by KNSWB and the city of Orange, who were last year’s big winners.
One by one, the most sustainable projects, people, and places in regional NSW were announced to a room full of smiling people from across the state.
The Blue Star Sustainability Awards have grown out of the iconic Sustainable Cities, Clean Beaches and Tidy Towns award programs. The Regional Awards, which are the newer, more environmentally conscious and modern imagining of Tidy Towns, recognise and celebrate the hard work of NSW citizens who promote responsible environmental management in their local area; they celebrate civic pride, community spirit and future planning in establishing the best projects and programs that will strengthen NSW communities for many years to come.
The biggest award of the night was the Overall Regional Sustainability Award, which was awarded to Maitland.
The Council, which received 4 category awards as well as the overall award, was lauded on the night for its healthy culture of volunteering, its Council-led environmental education and engagement program.
“The city of Maitland is an inspiration to us all,” said KNSWB Chief Executive David Imrie.
“With a rich spirit of community – and of lending a helping hand – the beautiful city of Maitland has created a thriving culture that recognises the importance of improving their environmental and cultural health.
“They are setting an excellent example for what a regional town or city can really achieve if they make the environment and local heritage a top priority.”
Also winning big were Lithgow City Council (4 awards), Tweed Shire Council (3 awards), Midcoast Council (3 awards) and Port Stephens, Wagga Wagga, and Cowra Councils, which received 2 awards each.