“Immaculate” is how the Keep Australia Beautiful describes Mt Liebig, on the western edge of the MacDonnell Ranges, 325km west of Alice Springs.
The majority of its 156 residents identify themselves as Luritja. Other language groups in Watiyawanu include Pintubi, Warlpiri and Arrernte.
Mt Liebig officially became the Territory’s Tidiest Town and is now the Territory finalist after winning the overall NT award as well as receiving the category award for Best Medium Territory Tidy Towns Community.
Says KAB’s Heimo Schober: “Mt Liebig will be proudly flying the NT flag and representing the Northern Territory at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Awards in Western Australia early next year.
“Certainly community and individual pride, commitment, drive, determination and self-esteem have all collectively contributed to the desert community taking out the award this year.
“Again it’s this strong culture of continuous improvement and community participation that has propelled them MacDonnell community to the front of the pack.
“Council Staff, the traditional owners and the residents all deserve a great big pat on the back for their fantastic achievements particularly over the last 12 months.”
Mr Schober says the award is sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant.
PHOTOS courtesy of KAB.