Multiple projects demonstrate Penrith City Council’s leadership and collaborative spirit in its pursuit of remarkable sustainability outcomes.

The Council’s long running commitment to recycling and FOGO stand out as initiatives that continue to encourage and educate residents, all while emphasising environmental benefits and fostering community engagement. The Recycled Coffee Cups in Road Base project, Textile Drop-off Day, and Recycle Your Bicycle – Bike Drop-off and Repair Event collectively reflect the Council’s unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability.

Community spirit comes to life through WestCare’s Christmas appeal, which provides joy and essential necessities to residents impacted by economic hardships and receives overwhelming support from various segments of the community. Additionally, Regentville Public School, cultivates a sustainability-focused culture among its students, with initiatives like Nudie Tuesdays and Waste Free Wednesdays leaving a positive imprint.

Overall, these stories underscore the dedication of both the Council and the broader community to sustainability and environmental stewardship, reflecting a shared commitment to creating a better, more environmentally responsible future.



In 2022, Randwick excelled, bringing together a superior suite of long- and short-term programs and impressive and innovative initiatives. Randwick has very effectively showcased sustainability programs developed and implemented over several years, culminating in being acknowledged as the leader in sustainability across the greater Sydney region.

With a very vibrant, committed and dynamic volunteer community which works across a diverse range of sustainability initiatives, Randwick has successfully demonstrated a special focus on greening the area, critical habit management, as well as community education across many sustainability projects.



City of Canada Bay has set new benchmarks for sustainability, especially in engaging and empowering community to work collaboratively with Council to enhance the entire Canada Bay Local Government Area (LGA).

A range of diverse, well considered and executed programs that actively engage the community enables Council to effectively manage the myriad of sustainability and environmental challenges for decades to come. Benchmark targets to enhance waste management, emissions, efficient water use management, litter reduction, environmental protection, heat management amongst many others are clear, well communicated and achievable given the commitment and exceptional dedication demonstrated by Canada Bay this year.

Through its excellent initiatives and programs, the City of Canada Bay continues to showcase the importance of communities and Council working collaboratively to achieve common goals and connections across diverse and important range of issues.



The Overall 2020 Sustainable Cities Award was presented to Northern Beaches Council by Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales.

Northern Beaches Council was also the winner of the Recycled Organics and Environmental Communications Awards, joint winner of the Response to Climate Change Award and was Highly Commended in the Coastal and Waterways Protection Award and Don’t Be a Tosser! Litter Action Award, which is proudly supported by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA).

In addition, Northern Beaches Secondary College, Cromer Campus P&C Association and Seaforth Public School were awarded Highly Commended and Winner (respectively) of the School’s Environmental Achievement Award.

Community groups in the Northern Beaches area were also recognised in the Coastal and Waterways Protection Category with Operation Straw receiving Highly Commended and Australian Microplastic Assessment Project awarded category winner.



The Overall 2019 Sustainable Cities Award was presented to Cumberland Council.

Cumberland Council was also the winner of the Habitat and Wildlife Conservation Award and the Community Spirit and Inclusion Award and was Highly Commended in the Waste Less, Recycle More – Waste Minimisation Award, which is proudly supported by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA).