Armidale Cleans Up at the Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2013

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Friday 17 May 2013 4.30PM AEST
Media Contact Peter McLean
Phone 0416 227 158
Email peter@kab.org.au

 

Keep Australia Beautiful, Tidy Towns awards at Caloundra, Sunshi

Back row: Colin Gadd Armidale Dumaresq Council, Carolyn Gadd Armidale Dumaresq Council, Carol Davies Armidale Dumaresq Council, Marilyn Wheaton Armidale Tidy Towns Committee, James Turnell Armidale Dumaresq Council, James Halliburton Armidale Youth Climate Coalition.

Front Row: Phil Wheaton Armidale Tidy Towns Committee, Mayor Jim Maher, David Carter Group Environment Director Lion.

Keep Australia Beautiful, Tidy Towns awards at Caloundra, Sunshi

Front row: Colin Gadd Armidale Dumaresq Council, Chris Jeffreys Packaging Stewardship Forum, Mayor Jim Maher, James Turner Armidale Dumaresq Council.

Back row: Carolyn Gadd Armidale Dumaresq Council, Marilyn Wheaton Armidale Tidy Towns Committee, James Halliburton Armidale Youth Climate Coalition, Carol Davies Armidale Dumaresq Council, Phil Wheaton Armidale Tidy Towns Committee.

The NSW town of Armidale has won the Community Action and Partnerships and Resource Recovery and Waste Management awards, as well as a Highly Commended Award for Water Conservation at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2013. The winners were announced at the national awards ceremony hosted by the 2012 national winner, Caloundra, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland on Friday 17 May. The overall 2013 Tidy Towns title went to Victor Harbor, South Australia.

The Australian Tidy Towns Program recognises the hard work undertaken by rural and regional community groups, schools, businesses, individuals and councils, and showcases innovative ideas and initiatives that improve sustainability in our regional areas.

Armidale Dumaresq Council is working in partnership with the community to significantly reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.  Current diversion rates include 57% of kerbside residential waste from landfill with the goal to reach 63% within the next few years. Current diversion rate of all waste types is 68%.

In 2012, Council launched the City to Soil organic waste collection service to 10,000 homes in Armidale and provides a fortnightly collection for kitchen and garden waste, pet droppings and even compostable nappies. It is anticipated that City to Soil will divert 3,500 tonnes of waste from landfill each year.

“The community has a strong sense of commitment and pride and are involved in a broad range of initiatives to ensure a sustainable future.” National Tidy Towns judge Dick Olesinski said.

Peter McLean, National Chief Executive Officer for Keep Australia Beautiful said,  “The awards recognises Armidale’s rich and varied history with a desire to retain its heritage, and a community that is friendly, enthusiastic and dedicated to caring for their unique environment while encouraging development to thrive in a sustainable manner.”

The awards event included a tour of Caloundra showcasing some of the coastal town’s excellent projects which contributed to their win last year. A speed networking section after lunch allowed representatives the chance to share information and network with like minded professionals from around Australia.

Chris Jeffreys, National Program Manager from the Packaging Stewardship Forum “congratulates Armidale Dumaresq Council and their community who worked collaboratively to achieve both the Community Action and Partnerships award and the Resource Recovery and Waste Management Award. Tidy Towns awards can only be achieved where there is a good level of community participation and social capital. The grass roots programs offered by Keep Australia Beautiful provides opportunities for councils and their communities to showcase their achievements towards sustainability.

Packaging Stewardship Forum programs focus on resource recovery, away from home recycling and anti littering which are complimented by Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns Program. All councils and their communities who make the effort to participate in the awards program across Australia should be encouraged and congratulated.”

2013 marks 45 years of the Tidy Towns awards in Australia, with Keep Australia Beautiful receiving 1180 initiatives nationally, from over 300 entrants across councils, shires, community groups, schools and individuals.

The Australian Tidy Towns Awards are sponsored by the Do the Right Thing Program of the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Packaging Stewardship Forum.

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EDITOR’S NOTES:

Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Tidy Towns Awards winners 2013

Award Winner
Community Action and Partnerships Armidale NSW
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Latrobe TAS
Resource Recovery and Waste Management Armidale NSW
Environmental Innovation and Protection Hedland WA
Water Conservation Wycheproof VIC
Energy Innovation Victor Harbor SA
Heritage and Culture (tie) Wugularr NT
Heritage and Culture (tie) Longreach QLD
Young Legends Victor Harbor SA
Overall Victor Harbor SA

Highly Commended Awards

Award Winner
Community Action and Partnerships Commendation Hedland WA
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Commendation Wycheproof VIC
Resource Recovery and Waste Management Commendation Victor Harbor SA
Environmental Innovation and Protection Commendation Latrobe TAS
Water Conservation Commendation Armidale NSW
Energy Innovation Commendation Wugularr NT
Young Legends Commendation Longreach QLD

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