Kalgoorlie-Boulder wins Tidy Towns 2017
- Awards recognise community projects and sustainable living
- Kalgoorlie-Boulder a finalist in four categories
The Goldfields town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is this year’s State Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Award winner.
It is the first time Kalgoorlie-Boulder has won the top prize in the 48-year history of Tidy Towns in Western Australia.
Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s Urban Landcare Group co-ordinated several of the major projects in the town including the Williamstown (East Kalgoorlie) cactus eradication project – an interagency collaboration to remove a staggering 750 tonnes of invasive cactus plants from the area.
The town installed a 120kW solar photovoltaic system at Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s airport – adding to the 80kW solar system recently installed on the roof of the Goldfields Arts Centre.
Kalgoorlie-Boulder also carried out a successful bin tagging trial – marking recycling bins with incorrect contents and providing follow up advice to householders. The trial almost halved the number of non-recyclable items in the community’s recycling bins.
The Community Action and Wellbeing Category award also went to Kalgoorlie-Boulder for its Heartwalk public art project. Twenty large scale murals by local and professional artists were painted throughout the town in a bid to revitalise the central business district.
The Tidy Towns’ category winners are:
- Young Legends – Waroona;
- Environmental Sustainability – Margaret River;
- Litter Prevention and Waste Management – Nannup;
- Environmental Education – Preston Beach;
- Heritage and Culture – Southern Cross;
- Community Action and Wellbeing – Kalgoorlie-Boulder; and
- General Appearance – Yalgoo.
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said, “The Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards celebrate projects that promote sustainable living in regional communities and provides the perfect opportunity to recognise communities that are committed to reducing their eco footprint.
“Kalgoorlie-Boulder is a great example of this – its community has pulled together to complete projects that benefit everyone and make the city a more vibrant, culturally aware and environmentally sustainable place to live.
“In particular, the Heartwalk art project has activated a public art culture in Kalgoorlie-Boulder giving the community a real sense of purpose and vitality, and providing the CBD with an instant facelift.”