DIRRAN CHAMP RE­WARDED

Balonne Beacon - - FRONT PAGE - Ellen Rans­ley Ellen.Rans­[email protected]­ern­starnews.com

DIR­RAN­BANDI may be a small town, but the peo­ple in it have done a good job of keep­ing it beau­ti­ful, es­pe­cially Frank Deshon.

The win­ner of Keep Queens­land Beau­ti­ful Tidy Town’s Com­mu­nity Cham­pion, Mr Deshon is a well known face around the com­mu­nity.

CEO David Curtin said Mr Deshon wore many hats.

“He is in­volved in a lot of things, and when I met him in Septem­ber you could see his pas­sion and his ac­tual con­cern for the com­mu­nity which is strug­gling through the drought.

“He is a very good spokesper­son, he’s a driv­ing force of smart rivers.

“He is also in­volved in the show so­ci­ety and in the cam­p­draft. He make sure that money is raised for agri­cul­ture stud­ies at the lo­cal school, he’s just in­volved across the board.”

Mr Curtin said that the com­pe­ti­tion and ac­cred­i­ta­tion sys­tem had been around for al­most 50 years, and had changed sig­nif­i­cantly since it’s in­cep­tion.

“When it stared, it was just about keep­ing the streets clean and green.

“It’s de­vel­oped into a lot more about the en­vi­ron­ment as a whole.”

Mr Curtin and his team as­sess towns from across the state, against nine dif­fer­ent cri­te­ria, in­clud­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and in­no­va­tion projects, re­source re­cov­ery, and water an en­ergy projects.

For Dir­ran­bandi, the town per­formed highly in the com­mu­nity spirit ac­cred­i­ta­tion sys­tem.

“It’s about mak­ing sure the com­mu­nity is in­volved, that it’s not just a coun­cil pro­gram.

“We don’t want to see just coun­cils do­ing ev­ery­thing, we want to make sure com­mu­nity is con­sulted in the be­gin­ning, and they’re taken through the process with any projects and pro­grams that are im­ple­mented.”

Mr Curtin said when it came down to it, their com­mu­nity cham­pion award had to be some­one with pure drive.

“You can just tell, they’re not do­ing it so they can be ac­knowl­edged for it.

“They do it be­cause it’s part of their life.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

KEPPING IT BEAU­TI­FUL: Frank Deshon, from Dir­ran­bandi, has been awarded the 2018 Com­mu­nity Cham­pion Tidy Towns award.

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