Groups keep towns tidy
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.