Chance to clean up awards

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By CO­RAL COOK­SLEY

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.

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