New ap­proach to Tidy Towns rat­ing

Coun­cil fo­cusses on one town per year to boost re­gion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS WELCOME - Adam McCleery

BIGGENDEN has gained an ex­tra star in the 2016 Tidy Towns re­sults.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark Pitt said the coun­cil wanted to boost the rat­ings and had put for­ward a multi-year plan to achieve this.

“The whole rat­ing sys­tem has changed and the term Tidy Towns, as far as the com­pe­ti­tion goes, is a bit of a mis­nomer,” Mr Pitt said.

“It’s as much about com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment and in­ter­ac­tion as op­posed to just the ap­pear­ance.

“We will ap­proach the next Tidy Town on a re­gional ba­sis and ap­ply for just one town in the com­pe­ti­tion each year.”

Mr Pitt said he hoped by con­cen­trat­ing on rais­ing the rat­ing of one town per year the re­gion could lift its av­er­age.

“We don’t have the re­sources to do ev­ery town jus­tice ev­ery year,” he said.

“As far as the rat­ing, it is go­ing to be a four- or five-year plan where we will be look­ing to get all the towns up to a three- or four-star rat­ing.”

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