A slew of Pilbara organisations and towns are finalists in the Tidy Town Sustainable Communities awards. The awards, now in their 53rd year, celebrate initiatives such as litter prevention, environmental education, preserving heritage, community action and youth leadership. The towns of South Hedland and Port Hedland are finalists in five of the eight categories, including litter prevention and waste management, heritage and culture, containers for change and the State winner. The Shire of East Pilbara and Martu Farm are finalists in the environmental education category. The City of Karratha has been named in five categories, including State winner, general appearance and youth legends. Care for Hedland Environment submitted the entries for Port and South Hedland and runs the containers for change program in Port Hedand. The association is also takes on the responsibility of cleaning up beaches of rubbish and looking after turtle nesting areas in the Pilbara town. It is the fifth year in a row that Port and South Hedland have been named as finalists for the Tidy Towns Awards, with Port and South Hedland winning the prize for litter prevention in 2018. KABC chairman Michael Aspinall congratulated all finalists for their hard work and commitment to making a difference in their communities. “The awards provide a great opportunity to showcase communities that are leading the way with litter prevention and education,” he said. “I look forward to seeing who will take the top awards at the 2022 award ceremony.” The overall State winner and category winners will be announced on Friday, November 25, at Fraser’s, Kings Park in Perth.