Latrobe Cleans Up at the Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2013

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Friday 17 May 2013 4.30pm AEST
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Keep Australia Beautiful, Tidy Towns awards at Caloundra, Sunshi

Front row: Ron Hedditch Latrobe Landcare Group, Mayor Michael Gaffney, Gerald Monson Latrobe Council, Phil Hedditch Latrobe Landcare Group, Barrie Muir Keep Australia Beautiful Tasmania, Cr Tim Dwyer Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

Back row: Michelle Dutton Latrobe Council, Peter Maloney Devonport Angling Club / Australian Axemans Hall of Fame, Karen Monson Latrobe Council.

The Tasmanian town of Latrobe has won the Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Award at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2013. The town was also highly commended for Environmental Innovation and Protection. The winners were announced at the national awards ceremony hosted by the 2012 national winner, Caloundra, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland this 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.

Latrobe Council is a participant in the inaugural Butt Free Day held each October. Through its involvement, personal cigarette disposal sachets are available from the Council office and also provided to pubs and sporting organisations to distribute to smoking members.

All rubbish bins in the town are edged with a space to butt out cigarettes before placing it in the bin. Bins are strategically placed near intersections or high congregation areas to encourage appropriate use. They are emptied early each morning and if there are occasions of high use, throughout the day.

“Residents of Latrobe view litter prevention as important to promoting respect for the environment and improves not only general appearance, but also increases community pride,” National Tidy Towns judge Dick Olesinski said.

Peter McLean, National Chief Executive Officer for Keep Australia Beautiful said, “There is an extensive network of business, industry and community groups who play an important role in partnering with Council to preserve and enhance the local environment through a range of projects and alliances for the town’s sustainable future.”

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.

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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