Disappointing Tidy Towns coverage
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