Albany being judged for national Tidy Towns award

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MEDIA RELEASE
Tuesday 24 November 2015

 

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What: Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns judging 2015
When: Thursday 26 November 2015
Media Call: 12.45 pm
Where: National ANZAC Centre
Who: Jill Grant, Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns judge; Mayor Dennis Wellington; representatives from Albany.

The town of Albany are the Keep Australia Beautiful WA state Tidy Towns winner, and will now go on to represent the state in the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns awards 2016.

National Tidy Towns judge Jill Grant will be visiting Albany on Thursday 26 November.

Ms Grant said, “to be recognised on a national stage is quite the achievement for Albany. I can’t wait to see their winning projects first hand.”

When there, Ms Grant will be compiling judging scores while learning about the following initiatives:

  • Bush care from Albany Secondary Education Support
  • Food production and sustainability at the Community Garden
  • Emu Point, a litter free suburb
  • The 3 metre wide bike path along Albany Highway to make safer, and encourage sustainable travel
  • Current research and trial using crushed glass in asphalt and as a landscape medium, diverting waste from landfill
  • Albany’s Natural Reserves Team that is continually undertaking works to conserve, protect and rehabilitate the environment in order to protect biodiversity values, improve user experiences and engage the community
  • The Hunter central irrigation system, implemented in 2012 across the network of parks and playing fields to reduce water and energy usage and increase labour efficiencies
  • The 50% reduction in energy use from the Leisure Centre courts via LED lighting
  • Albany Heritage Park, an award-winning, iconic tourist attraction reflecting Albany’s involvement as a strategic defence location during both World Wars
  • The Young Naturalists Club (an initiative of WA Museum Albany) providing fortnightly educational opportunities relating to sustainability and biodiversity to children aged 5-15 years.

In addition to the overall winner, the national program contains the category awards, each of which is scored through the national judging process:

  • Community Action and Wellbeing
  • Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Award, Waste Management & Resource Recovery
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Heritage and Culture
  • Young Legends
  • Environmental Education

Australian Tidy finalists for 2016 are:

  • Orange, state winner from Keep NSW Beautiful
  • Mt Liebig, territory winner from Keep Australia Beautiful NT
  • Mundulla, state winner from KESAB environmental solutions in SA
  • Triabunna, state winner from Keep Australia Beautiful TAS
  • Horsham, state winner from Keep Victoria Beautiful
  • Roma, state winner from Keep Queensland Beautiful.

The overall winner will be announced at an award ceremony to be hosted by the current title holder Toodyay in Western Australia on 17 and 18 March 2016.

Sponsored by The Australian Packaging Covenant and the Department for the Environment the Australian Tidy Towns awards encourage, motivate and celebrate the achievements of rural and regional communities across Australia.

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For more information visit: kab.org.au

Judge Contact:

Jill Grant | 0411 652 895 | jagrant5@bigpond.com

Finalist Contact:

Gail Dodd, State Program Manager, KABWA | 08 6467 5131 | Gail.Dodd@KABC.wa.gov.au

National Media Contact:

Alice Morgan, Communications Manager, Keep Australia Beautiful | 02 8626 9396 | alice@kab.org.au

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