Gloucester Tidy Towns finalist going to National Awards

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MEDIA RELEASE
Thursday 5 February 2015

 

 

What:                          Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2015
When:                        Friday 27 February 2015
Media call time:     6.30pm – 10.30pm. Overall announcement at 9.55pm.
Location:                   Sheffield Public School Hall, Sheffield, Tasmania

The community of Gloucester has proven it’s the New South Wales Tidy Towns Winner and now its environmental efforts have put them in the running for this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns awards.

The local Tidy Towns Committee as well as Environment and Waste Coordinator, Tania Parkinson from Gloucester Shire Council will be jet setting to Sheffield in Tasmania on 26 and 27 February in the hope to win the iconic National title.

Sheffield are hosting the National awards this year, as they currently hold the Australian Tidy Town title.

Sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant and the Department for the Environment, the Australian Tidy Towns Program recognise the hard work undertaken by individuals and groups in rural communities and share these best practices and  ideas to continue to improve our important rural towns.

The national judge Jill Grant visited Gloucester in December 2014 as part of her judging tour, to compare it against six other finalists across the country.

Ms Grant said, “Gloucester prides itself and greatly benefits from its natural surroundings.  Multiple groups from all tiers of government, local business, residents and the community are working cooperatively to manage, protect and enhance the natural environment.”

At the judging stage, Gloucester was marked against the following criteria:

  • Community Action & Partnerships
  • ‘Dame Phyllis Frost’ Litter Prevention
  • Resource Recovery & Waste Management
  • Environmental Protection & Innovation
  • Water Conservation
  • Energy Innovation
  • Heritage & Culture
  • Young Legends

Gloucester, population of 2,336, and located 124 km north of Newcastle in New South Wales showcased the following:

  • Prominent and numerous bins and signs around the town and in the local parks adds to the ability for residents and visitors to put rubbish into bins
  • Council and the high school run Clean Up Australia day
  • The annual Tidy Town Committee street awards promote litter less streets
  • Gloucester primary school children participate in the Keep New South Wales Beautiful Enviromentors™ programs that promote healthy environments and educate about waste including littering
  • Litter traps have been established in the waterways, and are advertised
  • Have a ‘No plastic bags’ campaign at the Sustainability Festival, and no plastic bag policy set by Council
  • The design and making of a local reusable bags to sell at the Farmers Market and Sustainability Festival
  • Mobile Muster available at Council
  • Residents are used to taking responsibility for clean-up while walking their dogs.

CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful National, Peter McLean said “each finalist has demonstrated significant outcomes in a range of sustainability projects and activities and the National program allows each of them to learn even more from leading projects in other States.”

Nationally, the Tidy Towns program received 347 applicants, with 1335 category submissions across councils, shires, community groups, schools and individuals. The National Tidy Towns Awards have been running since 1991.

State and territory finalists include:

Westbury – Tasmania
Beechworth – Victoria
Titjikala – Northern Territory
Cooktown – Queensland
Meningie – South Australia
Gloucester – New South Wales
Toodyay – Western Australia

ENDS

EDITOR’S NOTES:

Judge Contact: Jill Grant nationaljudge@kab.org.au 0411 652 895

Gloucester Contact: Tania Parkinson, Environment and Waste Coordinator Tania.Parkinson@gloucester.nsw.gov.au 02 6538 5250

National Media Comment:       Peter McLean, National Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful peter@kab.org.au  Mob: 0416 227 158

National Media Contact: Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful alice@kab.org.au  Tel: 02 8626 9396 

About the Australian Sustainable Communities Awards

Keep Australia Beautiful seeks to lead, challenge and inspire all Australians to strive for a sustainable and litter free environment.  It does this through research, communications programs and awards programs.

Its national awards are known as the Australian Sustainable Communities Awards which consist of the Tidy Towns, Sustainable Cities, and Clean Beaches Awards.  Each awards program commences with state and territory awards and culminates in a national Grand Final event.

About the Australian Tidy Towns Awards

These awards encourage, motivate and celebrate the achievements of rural and regional communities across Australia. Each year state and territory winners are announced between August and November. They then receive a visit from the Australian Tidy Towns Judge and the Australian Tidy Towns Awards are presented in February.

About Keep Australia Beautiful

Keep Australia Beautiful is the national peak body on litter prevention. With more than four decades of experience in engaging Australians to care for their local environments, (not to be confused with Clean Up Australia Day) KAB Programs include Sustainable Cities, Tidy Towns, Clean Beaches, National Litter Index, Eco-Schools, Adopt a Patch, and Keep Australia Beautiful Week in August.

The KAB National website is www.kab.org.au where all information on the organisation can be accessed including the National Litter Index, which is Australia’s only independent nation-wide litter research.

About Jill Grant

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