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