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Why have the Awards programs changed?

KNSWB is always striving to make NSW communities better places to live, work, and play.  By changing the way our awards programs work (from a tired, financially nonviable model), we’re keeping in step with our changing communities.  The award categories are updated, with more relevant and detailed criteria – to better reflect the good work our communities are doing to make our state a better place – and the Blue Star Awards are more efficient and user-friendly for our entrants.

What does “Blue Star” mean?

The Blue Star is at the heart of Keep New South Wales Beautiful’s logo, a symbol of our organisation’s mission to help make our communities thriving, sustainable, healthy places to live and work. Our Awards program, like the star, is at the heart of our mission. It is our guide to sustainability, and a nod to New South Wales’ state colour: blue.

Will our Tidy Towns Committee have to change our name?

Not at all! Striving to keep a town tidy is very important, and we won’t change your committees, which you have worked so hard to build and maintain. You will just now be submitting your committee projects to the Blue Star Sustainability Awards.

Who can enter the Blue Star Awards?

The Blue Star Awards are open to individuals, businesses, community groups, schools, and councils – residents of New South Wales who are working to make their communities a better place.

How do I enter the Blue Star Awards?

All awards submissions are online. Visit and follow the prompts to complete your application. It’s simple, straightforward, and user friendly.

Can I enter my project in more than one category?

You can enter your project in as many categories that you like, as long as the project meets the criteria for each. You can read the category descriptions for each category here to ensure you are meeting each separate criteria.

How much does it cost to enter?

For KNSWB members: $28.00
For non-members: $35.00

 How do I pay for my entry?

Once you have completed your submission, you will be able to pay with a credit card via the e-awards secure payment gateway – just like any other online transaction.

Will assessors still visit our area?

The Metro and Regional Awards will be predominantly desktop-assessed from the entry forms you have submitted. If you are a finalist to be a state representative, be it Town, City, or Beach, then an assessor will spend a day in your town, face-to-face assessing.

Will NSW still participate in the Keep Australia Beautiful National Awards?

KNSWB will still select three representative to compete nationally for Tidy Town of the Year, Sustainable City of the Year, and Clean Beach of the Year.

Will I be notified if I’m a finalist?

Finalists for each category will be notified by email.

Should my project be entered in the Metro or Regional awards?

You can determine which Awards program is right for you by referring to this map.

I used to enter the Clean Beaches Awards – where do my entries fit now?

Using this map, locate your beach, coastal area, or estuary. Indicated on the map are the “regional” and “metro” areas. If you are still unsure where your community belongs, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

If you have any extra questions, please give us a call on (02) 8594 4000, or send us an email. We’d be happy to help with any queries you may have!


The Blue Stars are partnered by the the Australian Packaging Covenant.



KNSWB would also like to thank our award category sponsors, the NSW Environment Protection Authority and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage


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