Program information

For a full list of the 2017 winners and press release, please click here.

The Sustainable Communities program is about people getting together to help their local towns, schools and businesses; to provide a better place to live, work and play; a place where visitors are delighted to go; and locals want to stay. And it’s about protecting, conserving, managing and improving South Australia’s resources and natural environment.

No matter how big or small the town; there is a place for every regional South Australian community within Sustainable Communities!

At the end of 2016 Sustainable Communities awards, KESAB resolved to undertake a comprehensive review of the program to ensure it was meeting the needs of the community in terms of new environmental focus eg. Green Economy and carbon neutrality.

Following a survey of participants, KESAB engaged consultants to connect with regional councils and gather feedback on the Sustainable Communities program, as well as the issues facing their community and region.

Subsequently, KESAB Board resolved to run a condensed Sustainable Communities program in 2017 and undertake continual review for future community driven sustainability programs.

The Sustainable Communities Program in 2017 will only be accepting entries that qualify for the Overall Award.

Entries that qualify for the Overall Award are to be submitted by a Council or Community Group on behalf of their community. Schools, businesses and individual can still participate in the program, as part of their broader community entry.

In 2017, we will be awarding the Best Small, Medium and Large Town and one of these will go on to be the Overall Winner.

  • Small Town / Community – population < 1000
  • Medium Town / Community – population 1001 – 5000
  • Large Town / Community – population > 5001.

Why participate?

Participating in the KESAB Sustainable Communities program can have many benefits including; increased community involvement and pride in local activities and opportunities to tell your community’s story via Awards and through local and wider media. Most importantly, it brings you into a network of many other community groups, schools, councils, towns and businesses in South Australia, who share a passion and commitment to sustainability and provides an opportunity to learn more about their sustainability initiatives.

Who can participate?

Community groups, schools, individuals, businesses and councils in regional/rural South Australia are all able to participate as part of their community entry in 2017. More information on the boundaries of regional/rural SA for the Sustainable Communities program can be found in the Eligible Areas list.

How do we participate?

To participate in the program, you need complete an entry form that outlines the initiatives in your community. Your entry needs to have projects in six categories, including the compulsory category – Community Action and Partnerships, to be eligible to participate.

Entries are closed for 2017. Please contact us for information about the 2018 program.

Program information

All program information can be found in the Program Information Booklet, which can be downloaded here.

Please note: The file is rather large so please be patient when downloading. If you are having trouble with downloading, please contact us and we will happily post you a hard copy.

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