It’s of­fi­cial! We’re now beau­ti­ful

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

Taupo¯ is now of­fi­cially the ‘most beau­ti­ful large town’ in the coun­try, win­ning its cat­e­gory at the Keep New Zealand Beau­ti­ful an­nual awards last Fri­day.

Mayor David Tre­wavas said win­ning was tes­ta­ment to a real com­mu­nity ef­fort and a credit to all in­volved.

“We as a coun­cil have worked hard to proac­tively pro­mote a num­ber of ini­tia­tives over the past 12 months and vol­un­teer groups like Tidy Taupo¯, Green­ing Taupo¯ and Boomerang Bags have re­ally put us on the map,” he said. “This award is a great in­di­ca­tion of the hard work of both our coun­cil and com­mu­nity to keep Taupo¯ beau­ti­ful. It’s all about look­ing af­ter the places we love.”

KNZB chief ex­ec­u­tive Heather Saun­der­son said that Taupo¯ blew the judges away when they vis­ited in Au­gust.

“The strong com­mu­nity spirit was ev­i­dent in each of the lit­ter preven­tion, re­cy­cling and com­mu­nity beau­ti­fi­ca­tion projects we vis­ited. It’s ob­vi­ous that the peo­ple of Taupo¯ are proud of their town, and that the coun­cil is work­ing hard to help en­sure the beauty of this spe­cial area is pro­tected,” she said.

Many com­mu­nity and coun­cil ini­tia­tives were in­cluded — Green­ing Taupo¯’s plant­ing days, Graf­fi­ato street art, beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of ur­ban spa­ces, Tidy Taupo¯ and other lit­ter events, pro­tec­tion of lake wa­ter through im­proved waste­water and stormwa­ter sys­tems, and the Otu­muheke Stream re­de­vel­op­ment.

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