Dim­boola wins state ‘tidy’ award

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Dim­boola will rep­re­sent Vic­to­ria in na­tional Keep Aus­tralia Beau­ti­ful Aus­tralian Tidy Towns Awards next year.

The his­toric Wim­mera set­tle­ment, which clinched state ac­co­lades dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony at Beech­worth on Satur­day night, will also host Keep Vic­to­ria Beau­ti­ful Tidy Towns Awards in 2019.

Of­fi­cials an­nounced Dim­boola as Vic­to­ria’s ti­di­est town for 2018 ahead of fi­nal­ists Hor­sham, Dart­moor, Morn­ing­ton, Rose­bud, Rye and Ko­rum­burra.

Dim­boola was a fi­nal­ist in nine awards cat­e­gories, with Dim­boola Town Com­mit­tee win­ning a 2018 com­mu­nity ac­tion and lead­er­ship award for un­der 3000 pop­u­la­tion and Dim­boola Me­mo­rial Se­condary Col­lege cap­tain and Hind­marsh Shire youth coun­cil­lor Danni Hae­bich win­ning a 2018 young lead­ers award.

Dim­boola Town Com­mit­tee mem­ber and long-time Tidy Towns and Dim­boola com­mu­nity ad­vo­cate Jan Bal­lard, com­mit­tee trea­surer Kay­lene Pi­etsch, com­mit­tee mem­ber Chris John­son, Hind­marsh coun­cil­lors Deb Nel­son and Tony Sch­nei­der, Danni Hae­bich and her mother Jenny rep­re­sented Dim­boola at the awards.

For­mer Dim­boola res­i­dent and an­other Tidy Towns ad­vo­cate Au­drey Hurst also at­tended the cer­e­mony to sup­port Dim­boola.

Cr Nel­son said the award was ‘fan­tas­tic’ ac­knowl­edge­ment for all vol­un­teer work that oc­curred in Dim­boola.

“We are a small com­mu­nity and of­ten small things that hap­pen in small com­mu­ni­ties make a big dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives,” she said. “We don’t do the work for the ac­co­lades; it is won­der­ful to be recog­nised.”

On ac­cept­ing the com­mu­nity ac­tion and lead­er­ship award, Ms Pi­etsch said the amount of work that went into vol­un­teer­ing in Dim­boola was im­pres­sive.

“We have com­pleted a lot of projects and have more on­go­ing. We are very pas­sion­ate about the town,” she said.

Ms Hae­bich said she had en­joyed the Tidy Towns ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I was not ex­pect­ing to win, but it feels great and it was good to meet other young leader nom­i­nees and learn about what they do in their com­mu­ni­ties,” she said.

Hind­marsh Mayor Ron Is­may con­grat­u­lated the Dim­boola win­ners.

“I know there have been many peo­ple in­volved in Dim­boola’s Tidy Town en­tries over the years and it is dif­fi­cult to sin­gle out in­di­vid­u­als. But I would like to ex­tend mine and the coun­cil’s thanks to Jan Bal­lard and Au­drey Hurst for their tire­less ef­forts over many years of in­volve­ment,” he said.

Hor­sham Tidy Towns Com­mit­tee won a clean beach-water­way award cat­e­gory for ‘The Wim­mera River Ex­pe­ri­ence’ based an An­zac Cen­te­nary Bridge. North­ern Grampians Shire Coun­cil won a pro­tec­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment cat­e­gory for its Stawell Tyre In­ter­ven­tion Project.

Highly com­mended awards went to Hor­sham’s Andrew Har­ri­son in a young leader cat­e­gory; Dim­boola Boat and Wa­ter Ski Club in clean beach-water­way; Depart­ment of Jus­tice – Com­mu­nity Cor­rec­tions and Sue and Rob Goudie of Hor­sham in lit­ter pre­ven­tion; Dim­boola Vic­to­rian Rail­way In­sti­tute in cul­tural her­itage; and Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil-hor­sham Apex Club 15-Wim­mera Catch­ment Man­age­ment Author­ity-wim­mera River Im­prove­ment Com­mit­tee for a Hor­sham pump track in a com­mu­nity gov­ern­ment part­ner­ships sec­tion.

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