DIRRAN IS SO TIDY
DIRRANBANDI has been nominated for this year’s Tidy Towns assessment due to a number of initiatives emanating from the small community during the past 12 months.
The Tidy Towns program is run by Keep Australia Beautiful and aims to encourage, motivate and celebrate sustainability achievements of rural and regional communities across Australia.
Balonne Shire councillor Samantha O’Toole said assessors looked at a number of factors when evaluating a community for Tidy Town accreditation.
“This can often include things like environmental innovation and protection, cultural and heritage initiatives, examples of community spirit, clean schools, waste management and energy innovation, so it’s pretty comprehensive,” she said.
“The Tidy Towns used to look at specifically clean towns but have really expanded out over the last few years to look at a diverse range of initiatives and has become more complex.”
Cr O’Toole said the accreditation would be a fitting reward for a town that had faced a number of hardships in recent years.
“Dirranbandi is a community that has suffered several knocks and has handled some very challenging circumstances due to drought water buyback,” she said.
“One of the main things we spoke at length about was the idea of community spirit and how the town of Dirranbandi has shown initiative by helping itself.
“This was shown through the recent Paul Kelly concert, and the driving force was the community wanting to fund its ag program at the school.”
LEAPS AND BOUNDS: Richard Backhouse, Samantha O'Toole, Jack Taylor, Colin Halliday and David Curtin, CEO Keep Australia Beautiful.