Town’s efforts recognised
GREENBUSHES’ strong community involvement and environmental projects have earned it five accolades at the 2017 Tidy Towns Awards.
Although not being named the overall winner, Greenbushes tied with Stanley in Tasmania for the Community Action and Wellbeing Award.
Greenbushes was also awarded four highly commended certificates in the Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Education, Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Waste Management and Resource Recovery and Young Legends categories.
Greenbushes Tidy Towns committee coordinator Leoni Eastcott said it was fantastic to represent the shire and Western Australia at the awards.
“It was a great way to showcase what we’ve done,” Ms Eastcott said.
“It’s quite an achievement for a small town.” Ms Eastcott said Greenbushes was recognised for a number of its projects, including the Blackwood Basin Group’s landmark $1.5 million waterbird conservation project and the Greenbushes Community Garden.
Ms Eastcott said the committee had already entered this year’s State awards and was busy preparing a submission.
“We’ll highlight some of the same projects as last year but also include some new ones,” she said.
Almost 200 entrants from councils, community groups, schools and individuals applied for the Tidy Towns Awards in 2017.
The awards were held across two days and included a tour of East Tasmania town Triabunna, which won Tidy Town in 2016.
South Australian town Barmera was named the overall winner of the 2017 Tidy Town Awards.
Greenbushes Tidy Towns members with Bridgetown-Greenbushes shire chief executive officer Tim Clynch, Bridgetown-Greenbushes Young Citizen of the Year Emily Rae, national Tidy Towns judge Jill Grant and Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA Tidy Towns program manager Shirley Brindley.