Meningie wins Community, and Water at Australian Tidy Towns

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Friday 27 February 2015



Matthew Groom MP; Mick Fisher, Meningie Progress Association; Lesley Fisher; Sharon Bland; Samantha Blight, Coorong District Council; David Mosel; Debbie Dawes; Robert Simpson; Andrew Dawes, Lakes Hub, Meningie SA; Lorraine Bagshaw; Bob Lewis; Susan Lewis, Meningie SA; Brian Bagshaw; Mark Shelton MHA, State Member for Lyons.

The South Australian town of Meningie has gone home with two 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.

Meningie won the Community Action and Partnerships award, as well taking home Water Conservation.

Australian Tidy Towns judge Jill Grant said, “The town has been through a significant period of recovery and renewal following the devastating impacts of the water restrictions imposed by their position in the Murray-Darling Catchment and the delays and controversy associated with water allocations and environmental flows.”

“There was a significant adverse impact on the local economy but since the return of water to Lake Albert the sense of renewal and enthusiasm is very strong,” Ms Grant said.

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 strength from adversity and cohesion of the community is obvious in so many initiatives including the activities of the sailing club, sports groups, golf club to promote healthy eating and active lifestyle as well as community support and cohesion.

The school has been innovative in both its agricultural and aquaculture programs and the species conservation and interpretive work complements the Lions Club and Council efforts to celebrate both aquatic and terrestrial aspects of the local environment.

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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