Published on Saturday, 20 May 2023 at 6:33:54 AM



Gascoyne Junction was awarded the Australian Tidy Town Sustainable Community Award on King Island. Representatives from the Shire received the award from the Governor General of Australia – His Excellency David Hurley and his wife Linda.

Gascoyne Junction won four of the nine categories on the evening and received Highly Commended awards in two other categories.

Winner: 2023 Australian Tidy Town Sustainable Community

Winner: Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Award

  • Outback Packs
  • Bins Across Town
  • Containers for Change (Gascoyne Junction Remote Community School & Gascoyne Junction Pub & Tourist Park)
  • Leave No Trace Signage in Kennedy Range National Park
  • Junction Races & Gymkhana Busy Bees

Winner: Environmental Sustainability – Water

  • Water Bore Project for Long Term Viable Water Source
  • Oval and Two Rivers Memorial Park Reticulation System
  • Water Tank for Emergency Services

Winner: Environmental Communication & Engagement

  • Community Strategic Plan
  • Gassy Gossip

Winner: Community Health, Wellbeing and Interest

  • Junction Netball Team
  • Upper Gascoyne Car Rally for Drought Resilient Communities
  • Gascoyne Junction GP Clinic
  • Community Christmas Party
  • Community Events
  • Mental Health Week Fun Run
  • Gascoyne Junction Remote Community School – Community Fundraising – RFDS Ball, Pink Stumps Day
  • Junction Races & Gymkhana
  • Landor Races & Gymkhana
  • Kennedy Range Campdraft Association Campdraft

Highly Commended: Environmental Sustainability – Energy

  • Solar Panels Junction Pub & Tourist Park
  • Solar Street Lighting
  • Dark Sky Lighting Policy

Highly Commended: Heritage and Culture

  • Outdoor Museum Two Rivers Memorial Park
  • Signage at Kennedy Range National Park (DBCA)
  • Stories of the Gascoyne (Gascoyne Junction Remote Community School)

This recognition is truly a community effort with projects from the Shire of Upper Gascoyne, the Gascoyne Junction Remote Community School, Junction Pub and Tourist Park, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions – Gascoyne Junction, Community Clubs & Organisations, contractors and consultants that have worked in partnership on projects and most importantly residents across the Shire all contributing to the outcome. The reward is a reflection of the community spirit, innovation and resilience of those who call Junction home.

On the evening, on accepting the award, past residents, Council Members and Shire Staff were acknowledged for the foundation stones that have been laid over the past thirteen years in rebuilding after the 2010 flood. The importance of creating a town with facilities and services, and sense of community for residents current and future is the goal, and to achieve this in a sustainable way will always remain at the forefront of decision making in the Upper Gascoyne.

As the national title holders, Gascoyne Junction will now host the 2024 National Awards in Gascoyne Junction next year with delegates attending from across Australia.

*The list of projects is not exhaustive, just an example of the events, activities, projects and actions that contributed to this recognition. A more thorough account of each category will be in a Gassy Gossip coming your way soon.

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