Longreach Tidy Towns finalist in running for National Award

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MEDIA RELEASE
Tuesday 26 March 2013
Media Contact Alice Morgan
Phone 02 9633 1943
Email alice@kab.org.au

                           

Longreach has proven it’s the Queensland 2012 Tidy Towns Winner and now its environmental efforts have put it in the running for this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Tidy Towns awards. Representatives from Longreach will be going to Caloundra in Queensland on May 17, 2013 in the hope to win the National title. Caloundra is hosting the National awards this year, as they currently hold the Australian Tidy Town title.

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 Dick Olesinski visited Longreach in November of 2012 as part of his judging tour, to compare it against six other finalists across the country.

“The efforts of Longreach are outstanding and our finalists this year provide excellent show cases of how towns around the nation are implementing practical projects that help local communities achieve an efficient and sustainable future,” Dick Olesinski said.

“Longreach Council has a lengthy history of implementing strong vegetation management strategies and the development of significant plans to ensure their environmental assets are preserved and managed for the future. Their community has had an integral part to play in the development of each of the plans and the strategies that flow from them,” Dick Olesinski said.

The National Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful Peter McLean said it was great because “Longreach has a very strong community commitment to conservation and the environment. To have the area recognised, and anything that boosted the morale and pride of the community is fantastic.”

This year 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. Longreach will vie against six other towns across Australia to win the national award.

The Tidy Town categories focus on litter prevention, community action, cultural heritage, resource recovery and waste management, water efficiency, environmental innovation and protection, energy innovation, government partnerships, active schools, and young leaders and community leadership.

Other finalists around Australia include Wycheproof in Victoria, Wugularr in the Northern Territory, Latrobe in Tasmania, Armidale in New South Wales, Victor Harbor South Australia, and Hedland in Western Australia.

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. Registrations for attending the awards can be made at kab.org.au/tidy-towns/

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EDITOR’S NOTES:

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 April/May.

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. The Packaging Stewardship Forum of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, works with partners across the nation to deliver industry recycling, litter reduction and education programs on behalf of its members, Australia’s major beverage companies and their packaging suppliers. The Forum’s highly successful Do the Right Thing anti-litter campaign is recognised by more than 80% of people.  More than 400 towns and cities around Australia are now taking the Do the Right Thing message to their communities.

About the judge – Dick Olesinski

Richard, or Dick as his friends and colleagues call him, conducts an environmental management support consultancy in South Australia for business, industry, community groups and government agencies. He also consults to the retail industry to initiate environment improvement policies, as well as to KESAB (Keep South Australia Beautiful) and Natural Resource Management boards in Adelaide.

His projects include implementing environmental initiatives for the construction industry together with coordinating business, industry and community environmental education programs.

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