Areyonga (Utju) in the running for national Tidy Town Award

The Central Australian township of Areyonga (Utju) is in the running to take out a national award that will recognise the community’s efforts in sustainable practices, litter reduction and beautification.

As the Territory’s 2016 Tidiest Town, Areyonga will represent the Northern Territory at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Awards in Tasmania.

Keep Australia Beautiful Council (NT) CEO, Heimo Schober, said that Areyonga residents have embraced the Territory Tidy Towns program, with many in the community working hard to win this prestigious Award.

“The township’s strong culture of continuous improvement and community participation helped the MacDonnell community lead the competition,” said Mr Schober.

“MacDonnell Council Staff, Community Elders and residents of Areyonga demonstrated great community pride and leadership in local sustainability practices and education, and set a wonderful example for other remote townships to follow.

“Areyonga was the stand-out township last year in keeping their community tidy and beautiful, and I believe they certainly deserve to win the national title.

“I encourage all Territorians to get behind this small central Australian township who have made big changes in sustainably reducing litter pollution and beautifying their community.”

At last year’s Territory Awards ceremony, Areyonga (Utju) officially became the ‘Territory’s Tidiest Town’ and is now the Territory’s Finalist after winning the overall NT Award as well as receiving the Category Award for ‘Best Medium Territory Tidy Towns Community’.

The Territory Tidy Towns Awards program recognises and acknowledges the hard work undertaken by remote and regional community groups, schools, individuals, businesses and Councils, and showcases innovative ideas and initiatives that improve social and environmental development and sustainability in regional areas.

The national Tidy Town Awards will be held at Triabunna in Tasmania on 12th May 2017.

For further information, please contact
Keep Australia Beautiful Council NT, Chief Executive Officer, Heimo Schober
by phone 0407 186 461 or email to

Media contacts:
KABC(NT): Heimo Schober, CEO of KABC(NT) mb 0407 186 461
Areyonga: Darren Pfitzner, MRC Communications Officer, P – 08 8958 9608,
F – 08 8958 9601 or

About Keep Australia Beautiful Council (NT): Keep Australia Beautiful Council NT is the Northern Territory’s peak body on litter prevention. With more than four decades of experience in engaging Territorians to care for their local environments, KABC(NT) Programs include Territory Tidy Towns, National Litter Index, Eco-Schools, Sustainable Cities, Clean Beaches, and Keep Australia Beautiful Week in August.

The KABC(NT) website is where all information on the organisation can be accessed including membership, Eco-School program and the National Litter Index, which is Australia’s only independent nation-wide litter research.

The Keep Australia Beautiful Council (NT) Facebook page address is

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