Published On: January 20th, 2022

Keep Australia Beautiful NSW (KABNSW) has announced City of Canada Bay as the overall winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW 2021 Sustainable Cities Awards on Thursday 20 January 2022.

Running in NSW since 1994, the Sustainable Cities program sets out to recognise and celebrate positive actions taken by councils, community groups, businesses, schools, and individuals in metropolitan areas to protect and enhance their local environments. They encompass initiatives as diverse as litter prevention, recycling, resource recovery, protection of the environment, preserving heritage and indigenous culture, community action, leadership, education, and social well-being programs.

The 2021 awards program is proudly supported by NSW EPA, Return & Earn, and the Northern Beaches Council.

Val Southam, KAB NSW CEO, is very proud of the Sustainable Cities Awards’ history.

“We are very excited to celebrate the fantastic achievements and spirit of communities and Councils, which remain strong during such difficult and challenging times,” said Ms Southam.

“These awards instil optimism and highlight positive outcomes even during times of hardship.

“This year’s Overall winner, 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.”

Peter Clark, 2021 Sustainable Cities Awards judge, congratulated City of Canada Bay on delivering a range of diverse, well considered and executed programs that actively engaged the community.

“These programs enable Council to effectively manage the myriad of sustainability and environmental challenges for decades to come,” explained Mr Clark.

“Through its excellent initiatives and programs, 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.”

Sustainable Cities Winners and Highly Commended table 2021

Resource Recovery & Waste Minimisation
(Sponsored by NSW EPA)
FOGO Stops Food Waste Going to Landfill
Randwick City Council
Illegal Dumping
Smart Data & Technology
Bayside CouncilAddi Road Food Pantries
Addison Road Community
Organisation (Inner West)
Litter Prevention
(Sponsored by NSW EPA)
Clean-Up Eco Tour
Sydney By Kayak
(North Sydney)
Spring into Scavenge Leadership Program
Seaside Scavenge (Inner West)
Return and Earn Litter Prevention
(Sponsored by Return & Earn)
Towards Zero Waste at our Return & Earn
SCRAP Ltd (Liverpool)
Bottle and Can Recycling Project
Lucas Heights Community
School (Sutherland)
Circular Economy Let’s Go ‘Swap and Go’
Northern Beaches Council
Recycled Roads in Waverley
Waverley Council
Communication & Engagement FOGO Small Change, Big Difference
Randwick City Council
Wildflower Garden Nature Play Strategy
Ku-ring-gai Council
Community Spirit & Inclusion Skipping the Skip
Auburn Hospital Recycling Team (Cumberland)
Garden to Kitchen to Compost Series
Sustainable Future – City of
Canterbury Bankstown
Habitat & Wildlife Conservation Mason Park Wetlands Renewal
Strathfield Municipal Council
Valuing Our Wetlands – Pughs Lagoon
Hawkesbury Environment
Heritage & Culture Ku-ring-gai Heritage Festival
Ku-ring-gai Council
Recycled Organics ShareWaste
ShareWaste (Sydney)
CB City Chickens and Food Waste Trial
Sustainable Future – City of
Canterbury Bankstown
Renewable Energy Western Sydney Green Gas Project
Jemena (Fairfield)
Northern Beaches Goes Renewable
Northern Beaches Council
Response to Climate Change A Greener Place
Strathfield Municipal Council
UV Smart Cool Playground: Memorial Park
Cumberland Council
School’s Achievement Kurmond’s War On Waste!
Kurmond Public School (Hawkesbury)
Bird /Bee Highway /Bush Tucker Garden
Regentville Public School (Penrith)Let’s Go for Clean and Green!
The Hills School (Parramatta)
Waterways & Marine Protection (Joint)
(Sponsored by Ocean Protect)
Integrated Water Management Strategy
Wollondilly Shire CouncilA Helping Hand for our Smelly Friends
Hornsby Shire Council Natural Resources Branch
Young Legends Vaughn’s Return and Earn Fundraiser
Vaughn V. Arambatzis (Georges River)
The Gers Bottle Project
The Gers Bottle Project
Finalist Bayside Council
Finalist Blacktown Council
Finalist City of Canterbury Bankstown
Finalist Hawkesbury City Council
Finalist Hornsby Shire Council
Finalist Inner West Council
Finalist Ku-ring-gai Council
Finalist Randwick City Council
Finalist Strathfield Council
Winner City of Canada Bay