Showcase your tidy town
Indigo Shire’s Mayor Cr Jenny O’Connor is urging towns and organisations in Indigo Shire to step forward for The Keep Victoria Beautiful Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards.
Cr O’Connor said all the towns in Indigo had “much to be proud of” and should consider entering the awards.
“Since their inception in 1968, the awards have grown from being a simple anti-litter campaign to a nationally recognised program encouraging projects as varied as preserving heritage, saving water and energy, community action and leadership,” she said.
“The long-term behavioural change across communities brought about by these awards allows us to build better communities year by year, and encourages us to tread lightly on our landscape.
“Our involvement and the recognition it has received over many years is testament to the wonderfully proactive and proud communities across our shire.”
Beechworth community member Iris Mannik has been involved for more than 20 years in gathering and collating entries for the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards.
“Being involved in the Tidy Towns family is rewarding and engaging, while proudly showcasing the diversity of the sustainable living in our community,” she said.
The awards recognise community achievements by directing the spotlight to innovative and inspiring community projects
Entrants from previous years showcased civic, cultural and environmental activities, as well as development and enhancement of community facilities and amenity.
Schools’ environmental programs and initiatives have also been showcased in previous years.
There is no limit to the number of initiatives you can enter and the awards are open to anyone — community groups such as Landcare, service clubs, committees or “friends of” groups.
Visit kab.org.au/keep-victoria-beautiful/ tidy-towns/ for information kits and application forms.
You can also register online. The awards close on July 18.
Judging will take place throughout August, with regional presentations scheduled for October.
The state finalists will gather at Horsham on November 25 for the awards presentation.
Rutherglen won the Small Town Achiever Award in the 2009 Keep Victoria Beautiful Tidy Town Awards.