Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith has announced the finalists for this year's Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria (KABV) Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Tidy Towns Awards in Victoria.
"What a fantastic achievement. Thirty years on and still going strong," Mr Smith said.
"Over those three decades there have been thousands of initiatives that have helped to change the way we live.
"This year's finalists have once again demonstrated new and clever ways to protect and enhance their regional communities."
Mr Smith said the KABV Awards were a positive way to celebrate and recognise the everyday actions Victorians undertake across the state.
This year KABV received 163 initiatives from 53 entrants from municipalities, local community groups, schools and individuals.
Initiatives included a sustainable food guide, student-driven environmental activities, a museum opening, wetlands regeneration project and sustainability festivals.
This year's Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities categories focus on community action, cultural heritage, protection of the environment, community-government partnerships, water efficiency, energy efficiency, active schools, young leaders and community leadership.
As part of the 30th year celebrations, Gift Fund Prizes will be awarded to new and innovative project ideas that improve the local environment or provide opportunities for the local community to be informed about environmental and sustainability issues. This is funded through the KABV Gift Fund Committee.
Mornington won the title of Tidy Town of the Year in 2011 and will therefore host the 2012 KABV Tidy Town – Sustainable Communities Awards. This will be held at the Peninsula Community Theatre on Saturday 22 September 2012.
Tickets to the KABV Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities Awards Ceremony are on sale at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/kabv
For further information about the awards or finalists visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/kabv