Tidy Towns fi­nal­ists named

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By CORAL COOKSLEY

Sus­tain­abil­ity project fi­nal­ists in this year’s Tidy Towns Awards were awarded cer­tifi­cates that recog­nised their out­stand­ing achieve­ments in a pre­sen­ta­tion at the Beech­worth Town Hall last week.

Keep Vic­to­ria Beau­ti­ful (KVB) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Sabina Wills who made the pre­sen­ta­tions with In­digo Shire Mayor Cr Jenny O’Connor, said the Tidy Towns Awards cel­e­brated work un­der­taken all year round in com­mu­ni­ties.

“Of­ten this work goes un­no­ticed and un­re­warded, so this is an op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge the valu­able con­tri­bu­tions made by in­di­vid­u­als and groups,” she said.

Fi­nal­ists over nine sus­tain­abil­ity cat­e­gories in­cluded Woor­agee pri­mary school, Beech­worth Lions Club, Beech­worth com­mu­nity vol­un­teers for the L2P pro­gram – a learner driver men­tor pro­gram for young peo­ple and the Beech­worth Wasp Con­trol Ac­tion Group.

Oth­ers were the Burke Mu­seum, Bill­son’s Brew­ery, Stan­ley’s Black Bean Farm, Plas­tic­wise Beech­worth, and Beech­worth Ro­tary Club project for a Boomerang Bags with Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege in the young lead­ers un­der 25 years old sec­tion.

En­trants who didn’t make the fi­nals were ac­knowl­edged with cer­tifi­cates too.

Ms Wills said the pre­sen­ta­tion was a great op­por­tu­nity to hear about the projects with the pas­sion and en­thu­si­asm be­hind them.

Cr O’Connor con­grat­u­lated fi­nal­ists, all en­trants and the work of the Beech­worth Tidy Towns com­mit­tee Iris Man­nik, Anne Wilson, Jill Jarvis-Wills, and Cr Bar­bara Mur­doch who kept In­digo towns in the spotlight.

“A big thank-you to all those in the com­mu­nity who work year-in, year-out to make In­digo Shire the spe­cial, sus­tain­able and live­able place that it is to­day,” she said.

One of the old­est en­vi­ron­men­tal groups in Aus­tralia, KVB has recog­nised en­vi­ron­men­tal and com­mu­nity achieve­ments of ru­ral and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties for more than 45 years.

The awards cov­ered lit­ter preven­tion, re­cy­cling, pre­serv­ing her­itage, com­mu­nity ac­tion and lead­er­ship, and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity pro­grams.

As Vic­to­ria’s Tidy Town of the Year win­ner for 2017, Beech­worth is host­ing this year’s awards at a Gala Pre­sen­ta­tion din­ner on Oc­to­ber 13 at the Ge­orge Ker­ferd Ho­tel, May­day Hills where win­ners will be an­nounced.

Beech­worth is among eight Vic­to­rian Tidy Town of the Year fi­nal­ists as well.

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CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS: Iris Man­nik and Howard Morton re­ceived cer­tifi­cates for their Re­source, Re­cov­ery and Waste Man­age­ment category en­tries from Keep Vic­to­ria Beau­ti­ful chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Sabina Wills and In­digo Shire Mayor Jenny O’Connor and last week.

WELL DONE: Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege stu­dents, Jor­dyn McAuliffe, Sinead Laing and Leela Rosser with Keep Vic­to­ria Beau­ti­ful’s Sabina Wills and In­digo Shire mayor Jenny O’Connor.

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