Cleaner Suburbs Awards 2018 Winners & Finalists

Congratulations to all 2018 Cleaner Suburbs Awards winners announced in a ceremony hosted by the Lord Mayor at Brisbane City Hall on Wednesday 17 October.

The judging panel in 2018 was:

  • Louise Dudley – Chief Executive Officer at Queensland Urban Utilities
  • Paul Klymenko – Chief Executive Officer at Planet Ark Environmental Foundation
  • Professor Andrew Griffiths – Executive Dean, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, University of QLD.

2018 Winners & Highly Commended

Councillors’ Clean Green Choice Award

WINNER: Rachel Long

In 2018 Rachel helped to establish Boomerang Bags Nundah as an alternative to single-use plastic bags. She also established the inaugural Burbs to the Bay Kedron Book Bikeway litter clean-up event, which followed Kedron Brook across six council wards.

Litter Prevention Award – Individual 5-17yrs

WINNER: Lucinda Dillon

Lucinda is aged 9 ands she asks her favourite restaurants to reduce their use of plastic straws by delivering a handwritten note on a napkin, which thanks the owner for the lovely meal but asks them to rethink straw usage.

Litter Prevention Award – Individual 18+ yrs

WINNER: Alana Barry

Alana established Plastic Free West End to reduce the reliance of single use plastics by hospitality, retail businesses and the general community. She did this through the creation of plastic reduction and local community education programs.


In 2018 Sonya has established the Bayside Clean up Crew around Wynnum. The group began monthly cleanups in April with around 80 volunteers. They have the shared aim of educating the public about the impact of littering on the environment and on peoples health.

Litter Prevention Award – Group

WINNER: Green P Community Farm

Green P Community Farm is diverting between 150 and 200kg of food waste from landfill per week through its collections from four Sandgate cafes/restaurants. The good waste is then composted at the Green P Community Farm in Deagon Racecouse to grow vegetables.

Litter Prevention Award – Business

WINNER: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

The BCEC has waste reduction activities across all its major waste streams. It also donates everything from organic waste, surplus promotional event items, furniture, equipment and reading or sunglasses, to worthy causes for reuse or repurposing.

Cleanaway Waste Innovation Award

WINNER: World’s Biggest Garage Sale

The World’s Biggest Garage Sale exemplifies the circular economy. It asks companies and the community to donate wasted or unused items to their annual sale which raises funds for charity, Last year this resulted in 2,000 tonnes worth of products being diverted from landfill.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Brisbane Tool Library

Brisbane Tool Library launched in South Brisbane last year and brings to life the Sharing and Circular Economy. It lends second-hand power tools, camping and sports equipment items to its local subscribers, allowing people to access expensive or infrequently needed items.

Brisbane’s Clean Green Award

WINNER: The New Farm Neighbourhood Centre

The New Farm Neighbourhood Centre runs bi-monthly litter pickups; has joined the Brisbane City Council’s Reusable Cup Campaign and the Responsible Café movement; composts its own food and coffee waste, diverting 2 tonnes from landfill; and it runs composting workshops.

Clean Schools Award – Primary School

WINNER: Ithaca Creek State School

Ithaca Creek State School’s activities include recycling paper and cardboard, composting fruit and vegetable scraps, running a Tuck Shop garden, and having a Year 6 environmental committee of 25 students to manage school initiatives.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Gumdale State School STEAM Club

Gumdales’ STEAM Club has been inspired by ABC’s “War on Waste” and are working to make theirs a more sustainable school. This includes waste analysis, a worm farm, and installing recycling, organics and waste bins in eating areas.

CSR Bradford Clean Schools Award – Secondary School

WINNER: Wavell State High School Enviroclub

The Enviroclub students and teachers meet monthly. Their activities this year included Clean Up Australia Day; being part of Brisbane City Councils Student Environmental Leadership Network, and up-cycling 200 plastic bottles to make a play structure for the local kindergarten.

Outstanding Clean Green Award

WINNER: Kingfisher Recycling Centre

The Kingfisher Recycling Centre has operated out of Aspley Special School since 1983. In recent years the Centre has also become a place for volunteers, waste minimisation enthusiasts and most recently, become one of Council’s Community Composting Hubs.

People’s Choice Litter Prevention Award

WINNER: Carolyn Vincent

In 2018 Carolyn started a new community movement called Mission Litter Pickup. Participants are asked to take a bag and a glove with them when they are out walking, pick up any litter they see, and then post a photo on social media using the hashtag #missionlitterpickup. ”

List of all 2018 Finalists

Councillors’ Clean Green Choice Award

  • Carolyn Vincent
  • Morag Shealy
  • Rachel Long

Litter Prevention Award – Individual 5-17 yrs

  • Milly and Reuben Hammond
  • Emma and Maggie Yamashita
  • Lucinda Dillon

Litter Prevention Award – Individual 18+ yrs

  • Alana Barry
  • Sonya Kerslake
  • Craig Williams

Litter Prevention Award – Group

  • Ocean Crusaders
  • Green P Community Farm
  • The True Believers

Litter Prevention Award – Business

  • Hilton Brisbane
  • Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
  • Spicers Retreats Hotel & Lodges

Waste Innovation Award

  • The Brisbane Tool Library
  • World’s Biggest Garage Sale
  • Wardrobe Warriors Markets

Brisbane’s Clean Green Award

  • New Farm Neighbourhood Centre
  • Marjorie Crosthwaite
  • Rotary Club of Aspley

Clean Schools Award – Primary School

  • Tarragindi Child Care and Development Centre (Koala Class)
  • Ithaca Creek State School
  • Gumdale State School STEAM Club

Clean Schools Award – Secondary School

  • Hillbrook Anglican School
  • Wavell State High School Enviroclub
  • Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus

Outstanding Clean Green Award

  • Kingfisher Recycling Centre
  • Corbie Park Bush Care Group

People’s Choice Litter Prevention Award

The public was invited to vote for the one winner in this category. This category comprises of finalists shortlisted by the judges across all categories.