Join us at the 2017 Blue Star Regional Sustainability Awards on Saturday 21 October, hosted by last year’s overall winner, Maitland City Council.

These annual awards are presented to publicly recognise and acknowledge the contributions of NSW regional councils, community groups and businesses towards responsible environmental management and heritage protection in their local area.

The day will commence at Maitland Gaol with a selection of tours showcasing aspects of Maitland’s winning entry. A BBQ lunch, together with presentations of this year’s entries and a diverse line up of case studies and other interesting and informative projects, will follow.

The Awards Gala Dinner will take place at the historic Maitland Town Hall where you will enjoy a three-course dinner and drinks and entertainment.

The evening will culminate in the announcement of the overall 2017 Blue Star Regional Sustainability Award winner, which will represent NSW at the Keep Australia Beautiful National Tidy Towns Awards, to be held in Barmera SA in early 2018.

9.00am – 10.00am Registration and morning tea
10.00am – 12.30pm Tours
Maitland Gaol (Maximum 40 participants): Take a guided tour around Maitland Gaol to see how the prisoners lived until 1998 and what life was like as an inmate and warder at Maitland Gaol. Visit the cells, chapel, hospital and kitchen and hear fascinating stories of life on the inside. Please note, there are two sets of stairs on this tour.
Heritage (Maximum 20 participants): Join local guides for an insight into Maitland’s layers of history. Architectural treasures, rich floodplains, colonial town planning, 19th Century industry and river port towns are just some of the stories and places to be shared as visitors traverse the City.
Walka Water Works (Maximum 20 participants): Learn about the role this historic site has played in the supply of water for the region and explore the environmental wonders that make it a popular location with both visitors and residents of the city. The spectacular pumphouse with its striking chimney is surrounded by beautiful park and natural bushlands that are a haven for birdlife and a remnant portion of the endangered Lower Hunter Spotted Gum Ironbark Forest. Maps will be provided for a self guided walk around the site. Please note, paths are uneven on this tour.
12.30pm – 2.00pm BBQ Lunch at Maitland Gaol
2.00pm – 4.30pm Presentations of Case Studies of inspiring Sustainable Projects

  • Plastic Police® Program – an innovative program that enables local communities to tackle the issue of soft plastic packaging
    Samantha Cross, Cross Connections Consulting
  • So what can we do about plastic waste?
    Colin Barker, PolyWaste Technologies
  • A sustainable option for the recycling of empty chemical containers
    Phil Tucker, drumMUSTER

Plus more presentations to be advised

6.00pm – late Awards Gala Dinner @ Maitland Town Hall

Ticket Prices:

Full Day Ticket Assemble at Maitland Gaol between 9.00 & 10.00am. Includes: Morning Tea on arrival, your choice of tour, BBQ Lunch, Sustainability Case Studies Presentations & 1 x Gala Awards Dinner Ticket Early-Bird $160
Regular $180
Gala Awards Dinner Ticket
6.00pm – late,
Maitland Town Hall

Early Bird Discounts extended until Wednesday 11 October 2018
Discounted rates are available for community groups, call us on
02 8594 4000 to get the promo code.


Please contact us by email at any time, or call us during office hours on (02) 8594 4000.