Spirits high after win
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.”
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.