Chance to clean up awards
ENTRIES from Beechworth and surrounds for sustainability projects in the 2018 Tidy Towns Awards have come up trumps for the 12th consecutive year with seven finalists announced earlier this month by Keep Victoria Beautiful (KVB).
One of the oldest environmental groups in Australia, KVB has recognised environmental and community achievements of rural and regional communities for more than 45 years.
Supported by Indigo Shire Council, Beechworth Tidy Towns committee member Iris Mannik started entries from around the Indigo Shire 25 years ago.
She said finalists over nine sustainability categories included Wooragee Primary School, Beechworth Lions Club, and Beechworth community volunteers for the L2P learner driver mentor program.
Others were the Burke Museum, Billson’s Brewery volunteers, Stanley’s Black Bean Farm, Plasticwise Beechworth, and Beechworth Rotary Club project for Boomerang Bags.
Ms Mannik said Beechworth’s Jordyn McAuliffe, Sinead Lang and Leela Rosser were finalists in a section for young leaders under 25 years old.
As the town won the title of Victoria’s Tidy Town of the Year for 2017, Beechworth will host this year’s awards at a dinner held on October 13 at the George Kerferd Hotel, where winners will be announced.
“Close to 200 people are expected to attend,” Ms Mannik said.
Beechworth is among eight Victorian Tidy Town of the Year finalists as well.
The prestigious award was also received by the town in 2009 and 2014, and 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 achieved too.
Indigo Shire councillor Barbara Murdoch said participation in the Tidy Town Awards helped promote Beechworth and surrounds to people across the state as a destination to visit.
“Other towns realise what can be achieved through the awards and project initiatives with shared ideas helping sustainability across Victoria,” she said.
Ms Mannik said towns that entered were pas- sionate and enthusiastic about sustainability who took pride in their projects.
“I don’t think the community is aware of the collective efforts of the towns,” she said.
Beechworth Tidy Town committee members Anne Wilson and Jill Jarvis-Willis helped manage award entries for Beechworth and the rest of the shire.
Ms Mannik said the town’s Boomerang Bag volunteers were making event bags for the award evening.
“Complementary products from supporting local businesses including tickets for historic precinct guided tours will be in them,” she said.
BAGGED: Boomerang Bag volunteers (from left) Debbie Leeds, Christine Hoban-Brine and Sally Howes working on bags for guests attending the 2018 Keep Victoria Beautiful Victorian Tidy Towns Awards being held in Beechworth in October.