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2021 KESAB Sustainable Communities Awards Finalist

13th December 2021


Since 1978, KESAB’s Sustainable Communities (AKA Tidy Towns) has supported and encouraged regional communities all over South Australia to get together, educate and take action for sustainability in their communities. KESAB’s Sustainable Communities program encourages people to create initiatives that provide better places and experiences to live, work and play. It’s about protecting, conserving, managing, and improving SA for all to enjoy.

“The awards offer an opportunity to recognise community initiatives and showcase areas to attract tourism, business, and residential engagement” Program coordinator Ms Sarah Bruns said.

KESAB’s 2021 Sustainable Communities Awards were open for projects and initiatives between June 2019 and June 2021 to accommodate the challenges of COVID19 lockdowns.

Ms Bruns said “KESAB was thrilled at the caliber of the submissions, which were all of incredibly high quality and absolute testament to the resilience of regional communities, who banded together to “get stuff done!”

The Copper Coast Council submitted initiatives into all eight categories:

  • Appearance, amenities & facilities: Kadina & Moonta Cemeteries-Wall Restoration with help from the Cemetery working party, local stone masons, community volunteers and government.
  • Community action & partnerships: Kadina Hockey Club-installation of synthetic pitch with help from the Kadina Hockey Club members and community, the Copper Coast Council and government.
  • Environmental sustainability & education: Bee Hotels with help from the Copper Coast Council, Landscape SA-Northern & Yorke, Australian Plants Society-Northern Yorke Peninsula Group and community volunteers.
  • Health & wellbeing: SA Masters Games with help from local Police, local clubs/leagues, Sport SA, Port Pirie Regional Council & Aquatic & leisure centre, Copper Coast sport & leisure centre, Yorke Peninsula Country Times, Spencer Gulf Broadcasters, and Copper Coast Signs.
  • Heritage & culture: Moonta Town Hall with help from Community, Copper Coast Council and government
  • Leadership & youth activities: Kadina Hockey Club- installation of synthetic pitch (as above)
  • Natural environmental management: North beach sand drift management plan with help from Coast Protection Board, Forty five (45) Otago road and Windjammer Court residents, Kadina Memorial School, government and the Copper Coast Council.
  • Resource recovery, waste management, litter prevention and enforcement: implementation of food organics and green organics (FOGO) kerbside collection to residents and business with help from KESAB, the local cinema, rental property managers, local media, local contractors and government.

“The Copper Coast is an absolutely worthy finalist in these awards and we congratulate them for all their hard work”, Ms Bruns said.

The District Council of Kimba also submitted initiatives into all eight Sustainable Communities categories:

  • Appearance, amenities & facilities: Kimba Recreation Reserve with help from the community, the Kimba Grey Nomads Volunteer Program facilitated by the Kimba Development Group, SA Water and government.
  • Community action & partnerships: Building Community & Business Capacity Project with help from local Council and government
  • Environmental sustainability & education: Agricultural sector sustainability & education with help from Buckleboo Farm Improvement Group, Erin Zibell, farmers and the local agricultural community.
  • Health & wellbeing: Kimba Health & wellbeing initiatives- Our Town with help from the Fay Fuller Foundation, TACSI and the Kimba health & wellbeing committee.
  • Heritage & culture: Kimba & Gawler Ranges historical museum with help from the community, the historical society and government.
  • Leadership & youth activities: Leadership and youth within the Kimba community with help from the Kimba Area School and the District Council of Kimba.
  • Natural environmental management: Roora Dam stormwater catchment project with help from the District Council of Kimba and government.
  • Resource recovery, waste management, litter prevention and enforcement: Waste & recycling community collaboration with help from the Kimba Community Development Group, Lions Club and the District Council of Kimba.

“KESAB is thrilled to announce that Kimba’s entry as now been listed as a finalist in what is a high calibre field,” Ms Bruns said.

KESAB’ judges will shortly visit both communities to conduct final judging and determine who is chosen for entry into the National Sustainable Communities Awards.

Ms Bruns said “The initiatives progressed during such challenging times is exceptional and we congratulate all entrants and the finalists for their hard work and excellent projects”

The winning entry will be announced at the 2022 KESAB awards which will be shared when they are available.

Media please contact:

Sarah Bruns, Sustainable Communities Program Co-ordinator, KESAB environmental solutions

8234 7255/ 0499 553 38