Brisbane’s green army of schools, community groups and individuals have today been recognised by the Lord Mayor for their environmental efforts, at the Brisbane City Council Cleaner Suburbs Awards.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk congratulated close to 30 finalists for this year’s awards, for their remarkable efforts in litter prevention, waste management, and protecting our natural areas.

“The Cleaner Suburb Awards champion the achievements of residents and groups who are working together for a clean and green city and today we have recognised 14 individuals, groups and businesses for their dedication to sustainability,” Cr Quirk said.

Categories included Councillors’ Clean Green Choice Award, Litter Prevention Award, Waste Innovation Award, Brisbane’s Clean Green Award, Clean Schools Award, Outstanding Clean Green Award and the People’s Choice Litter Prevention Award.

“This year there were 29 finalists across 10 categories for the awards with winners of each category sharing in a prize pool of $4000,” he said.

“More than 2,800 votes were lodged for our People’s Choice Litter Prevention Award, which has been taken out by Carolyn Vincent, founder of ‘Mission Litter Pickup’, which encourages residents to collect litter while out walking.

“Carolyn’s efforts are inspiring others to help keep suburban streets cleaner and greener, which is reducing the litter making its way into our parks, gardens and waterways.

“Ithaca Creek State School and Wavell State High School Enviroclub also won awards for their efforts to minimise waste and help keep Brisbane clean, green and sustainable.

“Today’s Waste Innovation Award went to The World’s Biggest Garage Sale for their resale of donated items, to raise money for charity and prevent household goods going to landfill.

“Rachel Long, who helped establish Boomerang Bags Nundah, as well as the inaugural Burbs to the Bay Kedron Book Bikeway litter clean-up, took out the Councillors’ Clean Green Choice Award.”

Clean Schools Award
 Primary school category – Ithaca Creek State School
 Primary school category (highly commended) – Gumdale State School STEAM Club
 Secondary school category – Wavell State High School Enviroclub

Councillor’s Clean Green Award
 Individual category – Rachel Long

Litter Prevention Award
 5-17yrs category – Lucinda Dillon
 18+ category – Alana Barry
 18+ category (highly commended) – Sonya Kerslake
 Group – Green P Community Farm
 Business – Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Waste Innovation Award
 World’s Biggest Garage Sale
 The Brisbane Tool Library (highly commended)

Brisbane’s Clean Green Award
 The New Farm Neighbourhood Centre

Outstanding Clean Green Award
 Kingfisher Recycling Centre

People’s Choice Litter Prevention Award
 Carolyn Vincent

Cleanaway is the inaugural silver sponsor of the Cleaner Suburbs Awards. Their mission is to make a sustainable future possible and they are a proud supporter of the Brisbane City Council 2018 Cleaner Suburbs Awards.

For more information about the Cleaner Suburbs Awards, visit or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.