Mount Liebig being judged for national Tidy Towns award

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MEDIA RELEASE
Monday 14 December 2015

 

 

Photo opportunity
What: Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns 2016 judging
When: Friday 18 December 2015
Media Call: 1.00pm
Where: Community BBQ @ local primary school
Who: Jill Grant, Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns judge; Bess Price Minister for Local Government and Community Services; Jeff MacLeod, CEO MacDonnell Regional Council; Graham Murnik, Director Service Centre Delivery, MacDonnell Regional Council; Melvin Malbunka, Local Authority Chairperson of the Community and Team Leader of the works team at Mt Liebig; MRC staff; Heimo Schober, Keep Australia Beautiful NT; Mt Liebig community; Stakeholders.

The town of Mount Liebig 1500m above sea level in the Western MacDonnell Ranges is the Keep Australia Beautiful NT winner of Territory Tidy Towns and will now go on to represent the territory in the Keep Australia Beautiful, 2016 Australian Tidy Towns awards.

Australian Tidy Towns judge Jill Grant will be visiting Mount Liebig on Friday 18 December to compare with six other finalists from all over the country.

Ms Grant said, “to be recognised on a national stage is quite the achievement for Mount Liebig. I can’t wait to see their winning projects first hand.”

When there, Ms Grant will be compiling judging scores, meeting the general community, and learning about the sports and recreation venues, seeing the Council depot, community store, and Clinic; as well, at the primary school observing of children’s learning about litter, recycling, and greening projects.

Ms Grant will then walk up the main street with the children as they do their regular emu-bob litter collection, to the Aged Care facility and new art centre by Waltja. She will then visit the playground to inspect the play equipment that has been reinvented from waste items as well as the new solar lighting.

Ms Grant will then be treated to a BBQ by the community, which will include attendance by Minister for Local Government Bess Price and a presentation to the Civil Works team, culminating in the children’s choir singing Watiyawanu song.

In addition to the overall winner, the national program contains category awards, each of which is scored through the national judging process:

  • Community Action and Wellbeing
  • Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Award, Waste Management & Resource Recovery
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Heritage and Culture
  • Young Legends
  • Environmental Education.

Australian Tidy finalists for 2016 are:

  • Orange, state winner from Keep NSW Beautiful
  • Mundulla, state winner from KESAB environmental solutions in SA
  • Triabunna, state winner from Keep Australia Beautiful TAS
  • Horsham, state winner from Keep Victoria Beautiful
  • Albany, state winner from Keep Australia Beautiful WA
  • Roma, state winner from Keep Queensland Beautiful.

The overall winner will be announced at an award ceremony to be hosted by the current title holder Toodyay in Western Australia on 17 and 18 March 2016.

Sponsored by The Australian Packaging Covenant and the Department for the Environment the Australian Tidy Towns awards encourage, motivate and celebrate the achievements of rural and regional communities across Australia.

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Editors notes:

 

Judge Contact:

Jill Grant | 0411 652 895 | jagrant5@bigpond.com

Finalist Contact:

Darren Pfitzner, Communications Officer | 08 8958 9608 |Darren.pfitzner@macdonnell.nt.gov.au

National Media Contact:

Alice Morgan, Communications Manager, Keep Australia Beautiful | 02 8626 9396 | alice@kab.org.au

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