Published On: October 12th, 2023

Keep Australia Beautiful NSW (KAB NSW) is pleased to announce Penrith City Council as the overall winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW 2023 Sustainable Cities Awards. 

Running since 1994 these awards recognise and support the achievements of Councils and their communities who are actively working towards making Sydney a model for sustainable practices.

In addition to the overall trophy Penrith also took out the Circular Economy Award for its Penrith’s Recycled Coffee Cups in Road Base project.

The award was presented on 12th October at a KAB NSW function hosted by the by previous year’s winner, Randwick City Council.

Layla McNeil, KAB NSW Sustainable Cities Assessor, observed that Penrith City Council has a long running commitment to recycling and sustainability and continually encourages and educates residents, all while emphasising environmental benefits and fostering community engagement.

“Penrith’s Recycled Coffee Cups in Road Base project, Textile Drop-off Day, and Recycle Your Bicycle Drop-off and Repair Event collectively reflect the Council’s unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability. Community spirit truly comes to life through WestCare’s Christmas Appeal which receives overwhelming support from local businesses and provides joy and essential necessities to residents impacted by economic hardships. 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.” said Ms McNeil.

The awards program and event were held with the support of Randwick City Council, the NSW EPA, Red Energy and TerraCycle.

Val Southam, CEO of KAB NSW, said that these Sustainable Cities Awards inspire councils and communities to make a genuine and lasting contribution to their area and helps build strong partnerships between local authorities, businesses, community groups, schools, and individuals.

“The commitment of the councils, organisations and individuals who entered is evident in the calibre of the entries received this year and I would like to congratulate this year’s winners and finalists and everyone that entered.” said Ms Southam.


Photos from the event are available at: Please credit Paul Benjamin Photography.

Contact Details
Val Southam, Chief Executive Officer KABNSW at, t: 0419016401


About the KABNSW Sustainable Cities Awards

Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Sustainable Cities Awards Program is a community and environmental awards program for metropolitan councils and communities in NSW.

The Sustainable Cities Awards inspire communities to make a genuine and lasting contribution to their area, with partnerships between local authorities, businesses, community groups, schools, and individuals.


Keep Australia Beautiful NSW (KABNSW) is the state’s premier organisation for litter reduction and environmental sustainability. Independent and not-for-profit, our focus is to engage councils and communities to make NSW the least littered state in Australia, transforming littering behaviour to create a beautiful and more sustainable environment.

Over a 40-year history we have built a state-wide network of dedicated individuals, businesses, schools, community groups and government bodies striving to deliver a cleaner environment.

Through five core programs we work with communities across regional and metropolitan NSW to educate and motivate environmental initiatives