Since 1981 the Tidy Towns Awards have been acknowledging and celebrating rural and regional communities taking giant steps towards a more sustainable future.

Don’t miss KABNSW’s Tidy Towns Award Weekend 3-5 November 2023 hosted in Scone NSW

Keep Australia Beautiful NSW and Scone are hosting the 2023 Sustainable Communities Tidy Towns Awards Weekend from 3 – 5 November 2023 to reward and recognise the achievements of our awards program participants.The weekend will commence on Friday 3 November with a Welcome Function at Scone Arts and Crafts.

On Saturday morning at the Scone Bowling Club we will present some of the category winners along with some inspiring case studies to be followed by lunch. After lunch there is an opportunity to join a tour of Yarraman Park Stud, participate in a Scone Heritage Walk*, take a picturesque hike along the Scone Mountain Figtree Creek Track, visit the Hunter Warbirds Museum* or go to the Bloom Markets.

The festivities will continue on Saturday evening with the announcement of the remaining category winners and the overall winner at the awards presentation dinner at the Scone Racing Club.

The weekend will wrap up with breakfast on Sunday morning in the Scone Community Garden.

Download the detailed Tidy Towns 2023 event program in Scone.

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Award Categories

Award Categories

We have curated the categories for 2023 to reflect the most important social, economic and environmental issues for all organisations and communities across rural and regional NSW.

Entry Benefits with TerraCycle

All entrants will receive an exclusive offer for TerraCycle’s Zero Waste Boxes – making your work for a sustainable future, even more sustainable!

All you need to do is complete an entry in any of the following categories. The winners of each category will win a FREE Zero Waste Box of their choosing.

NSW Tidy Town Award 2023

The prestigious NSW Tidy Town Award is awarded to the town that has demonstrated outstanding achievements in multiple areas of environmental sustainability and social inclusion.

Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation Award

Sponsored by Snowy Hydro

Celebrating leadership and innovation in strengthening resilience to the impacts of climate change, reducing emissions, or sequestering carbon from the atmosphere.

Litter Prevention Award

Sponsored by the NSW EPA

Awarding projects or programs that reduce or prevent litter. For 2023, the Litter Prevention Award will be split into two sub-categories:

Clean Communities (for land based projects)

Clean Waterways (for marine based projects)

Circular Economy Award

Sponsored by the NSW EPA

Awarding innovation and excellence in product stewardship, product design, resource recovery, and strategic systems operations and planning.

Sustainability in Agriculture Award

The Sustainability in Agriculture Award is a new category set to acknowledge and celebrate producers, businesses, communities, and organisations who have made significant contributions to developing more sustainable land management practices.

Biodiversity Conservation Award

Recognising outstanding achievements by an organisation in regenerating, conserving, or advancing scientific understanding of biodiversity

Resource Recovery & Waste Minimisation Award

Awarding innovation in addressing local waste problems through effective educational communication campaigns and outstanding operational design and planning.

Heritage, Culture & Community Spirit Award

Celebrating programs or projects that restore or protect Aboriginal and contemporary heritage sites and build on the regions culture.

Communications & Engagement Award

Celebrating programs that inspire environmental action by creating accessible, inclusive, educational and motivational communication campaigns.

Bush Spirit Award

Celebrating communities that successfully demonstrate strong community spirit and inclusion in the face of ongoing challenges.

Local Legend Award

Celebrating individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to their environment and show exemplary leadership in pursuing environmental outcomes.

Population Category A < 1,500
Population Category B 1,501 > 5,000
Population Category C 5,001 > 12,000
Population Category D 12,001 > 23,000
Population Category E 23,001+

Population Categories

Every town is unique, our population categories are designed to reflect the incredible diversity of towns in NSW. Whether you’re a rural community of 500 people or a regional hub of 40,000 our population categories ensure you’re competing with similar demographics.

If you’re not sure where your town fits, download the Population Category Lookup by clicking the link below and press CTRL – F, then type in your town name.

Past Winners

The Tidy Towns Awards were created to, firstly, celebrate the amazing achievements of regional and rural towns, community groups, organisations, and individuals, and secondly, to provide a medium through which we can all apply learnings, feedback, and ideas to current or future projects.

You can view project/program descriptions of the previous winners below to help you with your future sustainability endeavours.