Show­case your tidy town

The Free Press (Corowa) - - NEWS -

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.

Visit­to­ria-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.

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