Tidy towns re­warded as fi­nal­ists

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News 3 - Ce­cilia Allen

NANNUP, Walpole, Green­bushes and Pem­ber­ton have been se­lected as fi­nal­ists for the 2017 State Tidy Town Awards.

Pem­ber­ton has been se­lected as a fi­nal­ist for the Com­mu­nity Ac­tion and Well­be­ing cat­e­gory while Walpole has been se­lected in the En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion cat­e­gory.

Nannup has been se­lected for the Lit­ter Pre­ven­tion and Waste ManDame cat­e­gory and Green­bushes has been se­lected as a State fi­nal­ist in the En­vi­ron­men­tal Sus­tain­abil­ity cat­e­gory.

Walpole Tidy Towns com­mit­tee mem­ber Michael Filby said the Walpole long-stand­ing en­try state­ment Wel­come to Lit­ter-free Walpole stood as an on­go­ing re­minder to the prin­ci­ples of Keep Aus­tralia Beau­ti­ful.

“Walpole has won Tidy Town awards nu­mer­ous times,” Mr Filby said.

For 12 years Mr Filby has col­lected lit­ter from a 104km stretch of high­way be­tween Peace­ful Bay and North­cliffe.

“I’ve col­lected an es­ti­mated 50 tonnes of rub­bish off the high­way in the past 12 years,” he said.

“There used to be ap­prox­i­mately 2500 plas­tic bags a year col­lected on that high­way and now we col­lect about 250 a year.”

Mr Filby said the com­mu­nity worked hard to keep the town lit­ter­age­ment free, in­clud­ing Walpole Pri­mary School, which had a strong fo­cus on sus­tain­abil­ity.

Last year Green­bushes was awarded with five ac­co­lades at the Na­tional Tidy Towns Awards and tied with Stan­ley in Tas­ma­nia for the Com­mu­nity Ac­tion and Well­be­ing Award.

Green­bushes was also awarded four highly com­mended cer­tifi­cates in the En­vi­ron­men­tal and Sus­tain­abil­ity, En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion, Phyl­lis Frost Lit­ter Pre­ven­tion Waste Man­age­ment and Re­source Re­cov­ery and Young Le­gends cat­e­gory.

Vy­ing for the ma­jor award, the 2017 State Tidy Towns Sus­tain­able Com­mu­ni­ties are Al­bany, Co­cos Keel­ing Is­lands, Jurien Bay, Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der, Margaret River and West Arthur.

The State win­ner and cat­e­gory win­ners will be an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 20.

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