Cam­paspe could clean up at Tidy Towns Awards

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

TWO Cam­paspe Shire com­mu­nity groups have been an­nounced as state fi­nal­ists in the Tidy Towns Awards Pro­gram, part of the 2017 Keep Vic­to­ria Beau­ti­ful Awards.

Plas­tic Bag Free Echuca-Moama and Strathal­lan Fam­ily Land­care are fi­nal­ists and key con­tenders to take out the state award for their lead­er­ship within the com­mu­nity for their en­vi­ron­men­tal projects.

Cam­paspe Shire mayor Adrian We­ston said it was fan­tas­tic to see ded­i­cated com­mu­nity mem­bers for­mally com­mended for their ef­forts in mak­ing our en­vi­ron­ment more sus­tain­able.

‘‘The Cam­paspe com­mu­nity is very for­tu­nate to have mo­ti­vated mem­bers lead­ing the way in en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity en­ter­prises,‘‘ he said.

‘‘Plas­tic Bag Free Echu­caMoama has been named a state fi­nal­ist in the En­vi­ron­men­tal Sus­tain­abil­ity Award cat­e­gory for their cam­paign ‘Echuca says no to plas­tic bags’.

‘‘Strathal­lan Fam­ily Land­care Group are also a fi­nal­ist in the Pro­tec­tion of the En­vi­ron­ment Award cat­e­gory for their ef­forts in their Strathal­lan Fam­ily Land­care – cre­at­ing a haven for Squir­rel Glid­ers project.’’

The Tidy Towns – Sus­tain­able Com­mu­ni­ties Awards recog­nise and cel­e­brate pos­i­tive ac­tions taken by peo­ple in re­gional ar­eas to pro­tect and en­hance their lo­cal en­vi­ron­ments.

In ad­di­tion to the two groups be­ing named state fi­nal­ists, a fur­ther two lo­cal projects were also recog­nised at a re­gional level.

Boomerang Bags Echu­caMoama for their ini­tia­tive Bor­row and Re­use – Sew Sus­tain­able for the Gift Fund Prize.

Echuca 208 Pri­mary School for their ini­tia­tive in Stu­dent Green Team Leads En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion in the Ac­tive Schools Award.

All four of our re­gional nom­i­nees will be pre­sented with cer­tifi­cates later this month.

‘‘The pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions made by our com­mu­nity groups to a sus­tain­able and live­able so­ci­ety, makes where we live even more ap­peal­ing,’’ Cr We­ston said.

‘‘Con­grat­u­la­tions to our four nom­i­nated groups and all the best to our two state fi­nal­ists.’’

The state win­ners will be an­nounced at the state awards late Oc­to­ber.

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