Groups keep towns tidy

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS | REPORTER - David Charlesworth

THE Shire of Wa­roona can boast two of the ti­di­est towns in WA thanks to the ef­forts of its com­mu­nity groups with Wa­roona and Pre­ston Beach both named cat­e­gory fi­nal­ists in the Tidy Towns com­pe­ti­tion.

Wa­roona is a fi­nal­ist in the Young Le­gends award cat­e­gory which recog­nises in­di­vid­u­als or groups un­der 25 years of age who have con­trib­uted to the sus­tain­abil­ity of their com­mu­nity.

Tidy Towns pro­gram man­ager Shirley Brind­ley said this was due to the ef­forts of three local youth groups – the Wa­roona Leos, the Wa­roona Youth Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil and the Wa­roona Dis­trict High School Bushrangers.

Ms Brind­ley said this was not nec­es­sar­ily en­vi­ron­men­tal work but based on ini­tia­tives that made their com­mu­nity a great place to be.

Wa­roona shire pres­i­dent Noel Dew said he was de­lighted the out­stand­ing ef­forts of the young peo­ple in the com­mu­nity had been recog­nised.

“To see the ju­nior mem­bers of our com­mu­nity demon­strat­ing a pos­i­tive com­mit­ment to car­ing for this com­mu­nity in so many ways is inspiring, and cer­tainly augers well for our fu­ture,” he said.

Pre­ston Beach was named a fi­nal­ist in the En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion Award cat­e­gory which re­wards in­no­va­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cacy and aware­ness pro­grams.

Ms Brind­ley said this was due to the work of the Friends of Ram­sar Ac­tion Group for the Yal­go­rup Lakes En­vi­ron­ment group.

Mr Dew said the group was ded­i­cated to car­ing for the frag­ile and unique en­vi­ron­ment around Pre­ston Beach.

“They work ex­tremely hard to make sure that lo­cals and vis­i­tors to the area are aware of the need to pro­tect this re­mark­able en­vi­ron­ment for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” he said.

The State and cat­e­gory win­ners of the Tidy Towns awards will be an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 20.

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