Multiple tidy town nominations again
COMMUNITY cooperation for sustainable projects nominated for this year’s state awards drew the attention of a Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Town judge on a visit to Beechworth last month.
Judge Ron Williamson said he was amazed with groups such as Plastic Wise in working towards the elimination of single use plastic bags with Boomerang Bags making more than 10,000 in the last 16 months with reusable material ones.
“So many projects like this are staggering and it’s wonderful to see how the town is making progress,” he said
“It’s fascinating to see what communities can do when members get together with projects that benefit the entire community.”
The Tidy Town Awards have recognised environmental and community achievements of rural and regional communities for more than 45 years.
Beechworth’s Iris Mannik who started the town’s entries 25 years ago with a Lake Sambell submission, said the awards provided a place to showcase community projects and promote the shire.
“We’ve been supported by Indigo Shire Council from the start too,” she said.
One of four voluntary judges visiting Victorian regional and rural areas, Mr Williamson said the awards provided an opportunity to often showcase projects that were unknown to communities.
Among entries for this year’s state awards across nine categories are Montessori School, Indigo Shire, Bendigo Bank, and Beechworth Community Partnerships, Wooragee Primary School and Stanley’s Black Barn Farm.
Others included a Beechworth Rotary initiative organised by Howard Morton for Beechworth Boomerang Bags, Plastic Wise Beechworth, Beechworth Secondary College, Billson’s Brewery and Beechworth Skate Park.
Beechworth, named Victoria’s Tidy Town of the Year for 2017, will host this year’s state awards in October.
The prestigious award was also received by the town in 2009 and 2014, and it was the national title winner in 2010.
Two category awards and two high commendations at the Australian National Tidy Towns Awards held in Barmera, South Australia in April this year were bagged too.
Tidy Town award categories covered environmental sustainability, cultural heritage, community action and leadership, community government partnerships and clean beach/ waterways.
Others categories included young leaders, active schools, environmental protection, litter prevention, and resource recovery and waste management.
Mr Williamson said the awards now counted sustainable rural cities as well as towns.
Ms Mannik said the winners announced at the state finals in Beechworth will compete for the national title which will be awarded early in 2019.
IMPRESSED: Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Town judge Ron Williamson on a visit last month to Montessori School with students Ruby Chabaud, Mya Player, principal Susi Allen, Tidy Towns committee trio Iris Mannik, Jill Jarvis-Wills, and Anne Wilson, cycle three assistant Asha DilkesHoffman, and students Brianna Walker and Matilda Rahaley.