2023 Tidy Towns & Cities Shortlisted Entries:


Drysdale – City of Greater Geelong

Farm My School is a not-for-profit working to transform unused land within schools into regenerative market gardens supplying food to the local community. In its second year, the program at Bellarine Secondary College in Drysdale, Victoria has turned a disused soccer field into a community-built 1.5-acre market garden, promoting healthy eating, ecological stewardship, and connected communities.

Torquay – Surf Coast Shire

Ocean Mind Ltd offers innovative programs that harness the healing potential of the ocean to empower young people facing mental health challenges, social isolation, and disabilities. The transformative summer programs provide therapeutic surfing, mentorship, and a supportive environment for participants to overcome obstacles and build resilience.

Violet Town – Strathbogie Shire

The Violet Town Community Market is a highly anticipated monthly event that takes place on the second Saturday of every month. This vibrant market has gained widespread recognition for its unique atmosphere and community engagement. During each market, two community groups actively participate in tin rattling, raising funds for their respective causes.

Airport West – City of Moonee Valley

The Sustainable Collective Project is a place-based collaborative hub promoting, securing, rejuvenating, and distributing pre-loved products for newborns to 16 years, and their families. The program targets communities experiencing disadvantage due to social issues including homelessness, escaping family violence, seeking refuge, unemployment, disability and high needs.

Dandenong – City of Greater Dandenong

Soap Aid is a charity that has taken on the crucial mission of reducing waste soap sent to landfills. Their project known as the “Hotel to Hands” program embodies a true circular economy initiative. Soap Aid has established partnerships with various accommodation providers across Victoria and New Zealand.

Lalor – City of Whittlesea

Lalor Neighbourhood House is collaborating with Links Community Group, Whittlesea Community Connections, local schools, and the Lalor Traders to create an interactive precinct focused on arts, permaculture, recycling, and waste reduction. The project aims to engage both school students and older community members in promoting recycling and creative reuse of waste products.

Morwell – City of Latrobe

The Morwell Neighbourhood House website showcases a pioneering approach to waste reduction, reuse, and recycling. With a focus on low-waste living and accessibility for those most in need, the website presents local solutions that contribute to a circular economy. The “War on Waste” program, featured on the website, offers free access to items that would have otherwise ended up in landfills, benefiting individuals experiencing hardship.

Ravenhall – Located in various council areas

WERN is a non-profit organisation managed and staffed by volunteers and involves interested Rotary Clubs in the designated area of operations. WERN supplies good quality second-hand furniture, electrical and white goods to people in crisis without charge.