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.

See the full list of winners here!

3 Responses to “All the winners of the Blue Star Sustainability Regional Awards”

  1. November 08, 2016 at 8:25 am, Bruce Gilbert said:

    Disappointed that I had to burrow down to your NEWS section to find the info on the 2016 regional awards winners.

    More so, as your home page, as at Tuesday 8 Nov, is still inviting the public to book for the 2016 Orange activities.

    All bad PR, sadly.

    Bruce Gilbert
    Gloucester, NSW

    • November 08, 2016 at 11:56 am, Keep NSW Beautiful said:

      Hi Bruce,

      Thanks for your comment! All participants in the program and parties interested in our programs and activities received an email on late Saturday night with news of the winners, linking them to further information – we like to get the news out immediately! If you missed out, I encourage you to subscribe: that way, you’ll receive up-to-the-minute information.

      We also always put breaking news on our news page and our blog; it’s how our information is organised. The link to the news page is at the top of the screen, though!

      I apologise for the confusing mention that tickets were still available – as all staff were all-hands-on-deck in Orange before the festivities commenced, we were unable to monitor and finely update the website.

      Media & Communications Manager
      Keep NSW Beautiful

  2. November 15, 2016 at 12:43 pm, KoCMoHaBT61 said:

    Starlight strongly believes that through the spirit of healthy competition and the accolades gained by Blue Star Awards recognition, area students, teachers and schools are inspired to excel in musical theatre and all arts programs.