Spir­its high af­ter win

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Sue Har­ris

BUSH spirit is of­fi­cially at its best at Mun­dub­bera.

The town won the Bush Spirit Award at the Tidy Towns awards cer­e­mony this week.

Three of the 12 awards for out­stand­ing achieve­ment throughout the state this week came to the North Bur­nett.

And Mayor Don Waugh couldn’t be more proud.

The re­gion took home the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Award for Gayn­dah, the Bush Spirit Award at Mun­dub­bera and a new award for Out­stand­ing Re­gional Coun­cil.

“When Gayn­dah won the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Award, I was thrilled but the awards kept com­ing,” Cr Waugh said.

“The Bush Spirit Award went to Mun­dub­bera and to top it all off, there was a new award for Out­stand­ing Re­gional Coun­cil and the North Bur­nett won that.

“They’re re­ally pres­ti­gious awards.”

The Tidy Town Awards

have been a part of the Keep Aus­tralia Beau­ti­ful cam­paign for 41 years, and are the most broadly con­tested civic pro­gram in Queens­land.

“The judge of the Out­stand­ing Re­gional Coun­cil award said he had been im­pressed by the en­thu­si­as­tic way all coun­cil­lors pro­moted the re­gion and the in­volve­ment of coun­cil­lors, coun­cil staff and community groups in projects,” CrWaugh said.

“It’s great to have pride in our towns, and now we are also be­com­ing proud of our re­gion.”

Sub­mis­sions were en­tered in five cat­e­gories: her­itage, bush spirit, lit­ter preven­tion, part­ner­ships and out­stand­ing ac­com­plish­ment.

Cr Waugh said it was ev­i­dent at the pre­sen­ta­tion the judge com­bined all the cat­e­gories’ at­tributes for the Bush Spirit Award.

“This re­in­forces what the judge said when he was in Mun­dub­bera,” Cr Faye Whe­lan said.

“The win was not based solely on what was said in the ap­pli­ca­tion.

“The Rotary boys and I in­cluded ev­ery­thing in our pre­sen­ta­tion to the judge on the day.

“Ev­ery­one con­trib­uted to the win­ning of this award – Rotary for their part­ner­ship with coun­cil in Bi­cen­te­nary Park, centenary com­mit­tee mem­bers for Mun­dub­bera’s centenary cel­e­bra­tions and centenary memo­rial gar­den, and Dave Holleran for the town’s fit­ness pro­gram.”

Photo: Sue Har­ris

BUSH SPIRIT WIN­NERS: Some of those who con­trib­uted to Mun­dub­bera’s Tidy Towns Bush Spirit Award are (from left) Cr Faye Whe­lan, Graeme Robert­son, Loris Does­sel, Sue Crofts, Gavin Ford, Dave Holleran, Colleen Whe­lan, Allen Jenkin, Peter Hun­sley, Gra­ham Lohse and David Zipf.

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