Tidy Towns finalists named
Sustainability project finalists in this year’s Tidy Towns Awards were awarded certificates that recognised their outstanding achievements in a presentation at the Beechworth Town Hall last week.
Keep Victoria Beautiful (KVB) chief executive officer Sabina Wills who made the presentations with Indigo Shire Mayor Cr Jenny O’Connor, said the Tidy Towns Awards celebrated work undertaken all year round in communities.
“Often this work goes unnoticed and unrewarded, so this is an opportunity to acknowledge the valuable contributions made by individuals and groups,” she said.
Finalists over nine sustainability categories included Wooragee primary school, Beechworth Lions Club, Beechworth community volunteers for the L2P program – a learner driver mentor program for young people and the Beechworth Wasp Control Action Group.
Others were the Burke Museum, Billson’s Brewery, Stanley’s Black Bean Farm, Plasticwise Beechworth, and Beechworth Rotary Club project for a Boomerang Bags with Beechworth Secondary College in the young leaders under 25 years old section.
Entrants who didn’t make the finals were acknowledged with certificates too.
Ms Wills said the presentation was a great opportunity to hear about the projects with the passion and enthusiasm behind them.
Cr O’Connor congratulated finalists, all entrants and the work of the Beechworth Tidy Towns committee Iris Mannik, Anne Wilson, Jill Jarvis-Wills, and Cr Barbara Murdoch who kept Indigo towns in the spotlight.
“A big thank-you to all those in the community who work year-in, year-out to make Indigo Shire the special, sustainable and liveable place that it is today,” she said.
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.
The awards covered litter prevention, recycling, preserving heritage, community action and leadership, and environmental sustainability programs.
As Victoria’s Tidy Town of the Year winner for 2017, Beechworth is hosting this year’s awards at a Gala Presentation dinner on October 13 at the George Kerferd Hotel, Mayday Hills where winners will be announced.
Beechworth is among eight Victorian Tidy Town of the Year finalists as well.
For tickets go to www.eventbrite.com.au.
CONGRATULATIONS: Iris Mannik and Howard Morton received certificates for their Resource, Recovery and Waste Management category entries from Keep Victoria Beautiful chief executive officer Sabina Wills and Indigo Shire Mayor Jenny O’Connor and last week.
WELL DONE: Beechworth Secondary College students, Jordyn McAuliffe, Sinead Laing and Leela Rosser with Keep Victoria Beautiful’s Sabina Wills and Indigo Shire mayor Jenny O’Connor.