Tidy Town

Parabur­doo nod for youth award

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Cally Dupe

A project to in­stall at­trac­tive steel bi­cy­cle racks in Parabur­doo has se­cured the town a top prize in the Tidy Towns Awards for en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity in re­gional WA.

The lo­cal com­mit­tee was awarded the Young Leg­ends prize for a range of projects, which in­cluded a four­month cam­paign to in­stall bi­cy­cle racks at some of the town’s busiest lo­ca­tions.

Do­nated steel was sorted at the Men’s Shed be­fore it was sent to Perth to be laser cut.

The steel bike racks were left raw to re­flect the nat­u­ral sur­rounds.

Bike racks were placed in front of the Parabur­doo shop­ping com­plex, at An­zac Park, and near the in­door cricket fa­cil­ity.

Parabur­doo Men’s Shed vol­un­teer Gavin Pen­fold said the project was co­or­di­nated by the Shed but had in­volved a range of com­mu­nity mem­bers.

“The Men’s Shed group, which in­cluded women, put it all to­gether," he said.

“We had an open day for the youth of the town and they came along and saw what we were do­ing.

“The out­come is there are bike racks around town that the kids can use — they won’t be throw­ing their bikes on the ground for peo­ple to trip over.”

Shire of Ash­bur­ton deputy pres­i­dent Lin­ton Rum­ble said the bike rack de­signs had been mak­ing an im­pres­sion on peo­ple around the town.

“Peo­ple see them and they just can’t be­lieve the de­signs on them,” he said.

Mr Rum­ble said the project was one of many in­cluded in the award sub­mis­sion.

“This project put us over the line for the Young Leg­ends Award, but we (also) had the new Parabur­doo skate park project, the child­care cen­tre be­ing built, (and) there were a few other things,” he said.

“For Parabur­doo, the con­cept be­hind the Young Leg­ends caught us off guard … but for this cat­e­gory, our sub­mis­sion was very good.”

Mr Rum­ble said the 12-month time frame for the awards meant towns had to be proac­tive in a short time.

“We are al­ready think­ing about projects we can do to en­ter in next year’s Tidy Towns,” he said.

Mr Rum­ble said the town had en­tered Tidy Towns for most of the past 30 years and his dream would be to see all four Shire of Ash­bur­ton towns put in a sub­mis­sion next year.

Picture: Rod McLeod

Parabur­doo won the Tidy Towns Young Leg­ends Award.

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