Town’s ef­forts recog­nised

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Ce­cilia Allen

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.

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