Dis­ap­point­ing Tidy Towns cov­er­age

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

Dear Ed­i­tor, As a com­mit­tee mem­ber of the Ber­ri­gan Tidy Towns and Con­ser­va­tion Group, and a res­i­dent of the Ber­ri­gan com­mu­nity, I was ap­palled by the lack of cov­er­age the SOUTHERN RIVE­RINA NEWS showed to us on our re­cent achieve­ments in the Keep NSW Beau­ti­ful Sus­tain­abil­ity Awards, spon­sored by Blue Star.

Th­ese awards, in a new for­mat, re­placed the Keep Aus­tralia Beau­ti­ful/Tidy Town Awards.

Or­ange (NSW) was the Over­all Town win­ner with Ber­ri­gan com­ing run­ner-up with the Highly Com­mended Award.

In any per­son’s opin­ion, a huge achieve­ment.

Ma­ree Ryan re­ceived the Highly Com­mended Award, be­ing run­ner-up in the En­vi­ron­men­tal Achieve­ment Cat­e­gory and their property ‘Eq­uity Park’, farmed by Mark and Ma­ree, was the win­ner in the Waste Less, Re­cy­cle More Award for their us­age of rice hulls and ce­real straw as bed­ding in their pig­gery and reused as fer­til­izer on the property.

Ber­ri­gan Pub­lic School re­ceived Highly Com­mended in the Young En­vi­ron­men­tal Achieve­ment Sec­tion.

The Ber­ri­gan Tidy Towns & Con­ser­va­tion Group, un­der the com­mit­ment of Clara Way, re­ceived Highly Com­mended for the Ber­ri­gan Sports Ground Litter Re­duc­tion – ‘Hey Tosser!’ Litter Ac­tion Award.

Com­mit­tee mem­bers trav­elled at their own ex­pense to Gloster, north­ern NSW to rep­re­sent the BTT&CG, Ber­ri­gan town­ship and the Shire Coun­cil at the an­nual awards.

Be­ing so proud of our achieve­ments, your news­pa­per of­fice was no­ti­fied and a re­porter from the SRN at­tended ‘Eq­uity Park’, in­ter­view­ing and tak­ing pho­tos, only to scan the weekly edi­tion of the SRN to find an in­signif­i­cant re­port on page 5.

It is com­mon knowl­edge that the SRN ap­pre­ci­ates news­wor­thy ar­ti­cles, but what a dis­ap­point­ment to think Ber­ri­gan and the Tidy Towns & Con­ver­sa­tion Group didn’t fall into your cat­e­gory re­quir­ing a de­cent ed­i­to­rial and head­lines.

Yours etc, Jude Lawrence

Ber­ri­gan

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