Euroa Ar­bore­tum a fi­nal­ist in top award

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

25 YEARS ago what is now the Euroa Ar­bore­tum was an empty pad­dock block do­nated to the Euroa com­mu­nity.

Through the hard work of the Euroa Ar­bore­tum com­mit­tee of man­age­ment, that bare pad­dock block has been trans­formed into a show­case site for what can be achieved in terms of nat­u­ral re­source man­age­ment and re­vival.

“The prop­erty is now a pop­u­lar public re­serve, sup­ported by an ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­ity of­fer­ing com­pre­hen­sive land restora­tion ser­vices,” a spokesper­son wrote.

“The recre­ated bush­land site wel­comes and in­spires all those in­ter­ested in en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity; educators, land­hold­ers, stu­dents and vol­un­teers, as well as those sim­ply want­ing a pic­nic in a peace­ful set­ting.

“Com­mu­nity good­will gave us this as­set, com­mu­nity en­ergy and re­source­ful­ness now sus­tain it.’

The hard work of the com­mit­tee of man­age­ment to en­able the re­serve to make such a stun­ning trans­for­ma­tion dur­ing its quar­ter of a cen­tury life­time has been recog­nised by the judg­ing panel of the Vic­to­rian Re­gional Achieve­ment and Com­mu­nity Awards, who have named the Euroa Ar­bore­tum as a fi­nal­ist in the Parks Vic­to­ria En­vi­ron­men­tal Sus­tain­abil­ity Award.

The over­all win­ner of the award now goes to a pop­u­lar vote via a Face­book poll.

The fi­nal­ist who re­ceives the most votes will be an­nounced as the win­ner of the Peo­ple’s Choice Award and will re­ceive a voucher for a two night stay for two peo­ple in one of Parks Vic­to­ria’s Wilder­ness Re­treats at Wil­sons Promon­tory Na­tional Park.

In the mean­time the Ar­bore­tum com­mit­tee, their fam­ily and friends have been in­vited to the Gala Pre­sen­ta­tion Din­ner on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13, hosted by Parks Vic­to­ria, where the win­ner will be an­nounced.

The Ar­bore­tum com­mit­tee is en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to vote for the park on Face­book and help them take home this pres­ti­gious award on behalf of the wider com­mu­nity.

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