Beechworth wins Energy Innovation at Australian Tidy Towns

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Friday 27 February 2015



Karen Gaffney (Lady Mayoress, Indigo Shire Council), Barbara Murdoch (Deputy Mayor ISC), Sarah Robinson, Anne Wilson, Jill Jarvis-Wills, Bernard Gaffney, (Mayor Indigo Shire Council), Iris Mannik, Aliza Robinson, Annette Walton (Youth Officer ISC).

The Victorian town of Beechworth has gone home with three awards, deservedly won at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2015 held in Sheffield, Tasmania this evening. The overall 2015 Tidy Towns title went to Toodyay, Western Australia.

Beechworth won Energy Innovation, as well taking home two Highly Commended for Community Action and Partnerships; and Environmental Innovation and Protection.

Australian Tidy Towns judge Jill Grant said, “Beechworth and surrounds can boast one of the highest density of residential solar photovoltaic systems in Victoria. The communities across Indigo Shire are set to embark upon the region’s first community energy generation project.”

Sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant and the Department for the Environment, the Australian Tidy Towns Program recognise the hard work undertaken by rural and regional community groups, schools, businesses, individuals and councils, showcasing innovative ideas and initiatives that improve sustainability in our regional areas.

The successful Patch to Pedal program involved a bike trail linking nine of Beechworth’s best backyard fruit and vegetable gardens. It was designed, promoted and run by Beechworth Urban Landcare and Sustainability Group to inspire more people to grow their own food. The project also involved young people, prison inmates, a local business, and community helpers.

Whereas Healthy Woodlands, Happy Barking Owls is the Indigo Shire’s Environment Advisory Committee, involving local Landcare groups, Trust for Nature, and Community members to raise awareness of the importance of Indigo’s woodland habitat for the survival of endangered species, such as barking owls, squirrel gliders and phascogales.

Peter McLean, National Chief Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful said “it’s pleasing to see another year of high calibre National finalists from every corner of our amazing country.”

“Each finalist exhibited significant outcomes in a range of sustainability projects and activities and this National program allows each of them to learn even more each so they can continue to thrive as a community and achieve success on their sustainability journeys.”

The two day awards event included highlights from National judge Jill Grant’s judging tour, finalist case studies, as well as opportunities which allowed representatives the chance to share information and network with like-minded professionals from around Australia.

Many delegates from all over the country, some who travelled up to 4,000km, took a tour Sheffield, which showcased some of the town’s excellent projects which contributed to their win last year.

2015 marks 47 years of the Tidy Towns Awards in Australia, with Keep Australia Beautiful receiving 1335 category submissions nationally, from over 347 applicants, across councils, shires, community groups, schools and individuals.

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.

Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Tidy Towns Awards winners 2015

Award Winner
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention (sponsored by APC) Toodyay, WA
Resource Recovery & Waste Management
(sponsored by APC)
Toodyay, WA
Environmental Protection and Innovation Toodyay, WA
Energy Innovation Beechworth, VIC
Heritage and Culture Titjikala, NT
Young Legends Cooktown, QLD
Community Action and Partnerships Meningie, SA
Water Conservation Meningie, SA
Overall Toodyay, WA

Highly Commended Awards

Award Winner
Community Action and Partnerships Beechworth, VIC
Environmental Innovation and Protection Beechworth, VIC
Energy Innovation Cooktown, QLD
Heritage and Culture Gloucester, NSW
Environmental Innovation and Protection Westbury, TAS


Media Comment Peter McLean, CEO Keep Australia Beautiful National | Phone 0416 227 158 | Email

Media Contact: Alice Morgan, Communications Manager, Keep Australia Beautiful National | Phone 0416 768 387 | Email

Judge Contact: Jill Grant | |0411 652 895

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