Awards for keep­ing up ap­pear­ances

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - David Charlesworth

TWO towns in the Shire of Wa­roona have claimed cat­e­gory awards in the an­nual Tidy Towns awards an­nounced last week.

Wa­roona was named the win­ner in the Young Leg­ends cat­e­gory which recog­nises in­di­vid­u­als or groups un­der 25 years of age who have con­trib­uted to the sus­tain­abil­ity of their com­mu­nity.

Pre­ston Beach was awarded in the En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion cat­e­gory which re­wards in­no­va­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cacy and aware­ness pro­grams.

Shire pres­i­dent Michael Walm­s­ley said it was won­der­ful for the towns to be recog­nised for the ef­forts of their com­mu­nity.

“I think it’s ex­cel­lent the towns have been recog­nised, es­pe­cially given what we’ve been through,” he said.

“It’s great for peo­ple to be recog­nised for the work they’ve done.”

Tidy Towns pro­gram man­ager Shirley Brind­ley said the towns’ suc­cess was due to the ef­forts of a num­ber of com­mu­nity groups.

In the Young Leg­ends, the work of the Wa­roona Leos, the Wa­roona Youth Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil and the Wa­roona District High School Bushrangers con­trib­uted to the award.

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion award was due to the work of the Friends of Ram­sar Ac­tion Group for the Yal­go­rup Lakes En­vi­ron­ment group.

Cr Noel Dew said for­mer coun­cil­lor Chris Ger­maine should be thanked for her out­stand­ing ef­forts in pro­mot­ing the Tidy Towns com­pe­ti­tion for a num­ber of years.

“She has had a pas­sion for rep­re­sent­ing the Shire of Wa­roona on Tidy Towns, a great sup­porter and pro­moter, and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to en­ter wher­ever pos­si­ble and this year with great re­sults,” he said.

“Well done to Chris for her ef­fort.”

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