Nundle’s Community Cleans Up at the Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2014

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MEDIA RELEASE
Friday 4 April 2014
Media Contact Peter McLean
Phone 0416 227 158
Email peter@kab.org.au

Nundle Community

Robert Schofield, Margaret Schofield, Claire Lennon, Anne Cummins, Ashley Watson (Director KABNA), Mayor of Tamworth Regional Council Col Murray, Maureen Smith, Georgia Burnes (Youth Scholarship Recipient), Kay Burnes, (front row) Geoff Cummins, Billy Smith

The New South Wales town of Nundle has gone home with two awards, deservedly won at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2014 held in Victor Harbor, South Australia this evening. The overall 2014 Tidy Towns title went to Sheffield, Tasmania.

The Community Action and Partnerships award was picked up by community members including Mrs Joanna Claire Lennon, Chairperson of the Nundle Tidy Towns Committee; and Local Tamworth Regional Councillor Mayor Col Murray on behalf of the town.

Peter McLean, National Chief Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful said “this beautiful town thrives on volunteering and partnerships with their stakeholders. The Go for Gold festival is a notable achievement for such a small town.”

Nundle were also highly commended for Heritage and Culture.

National Tidy Towns judge Dick Olesinski said “Maintaining Nundle’s proud heritage is important to residents and in particular the more than active Nundle History & Heritage Research Committee – with their work on digitising records, transcribing interviews, as well as collecting newspaper articles, and photographs of historical interest.”

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.

The two day awards event included highlights from National judge Dick Olesinski’s 20th year in judging the Australian Tidy Towns, as well as opportunities which allowed representatives the chance to share information and network with like-minded professionals from around Australia.

The tour of Victor Harbor showcased some of the coastal town’s excellent projects which contributed to their win last year.

Many delegates who travelled from all over the country saw the penguin tour and took a ride on the horse drawn tram, as well as a ride on the SteamRanger Vintage Railway.

2014 marks 45 years of the Tidy Towns Awards in Australia, with Keep Australia Beautiful receiving 1300 initiatives nationally, from over 360 entrants 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.

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Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Tidy Towns Awards winners 2014

Award Winner
Community Action and Partnerships Nundle, NSW
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention (sponsored by PSF) Walpole, WA
Resource Recovery and Waste Management (sponsored by PSF) Sheffield, TAS
Environmental Innovation and Protection Walpole, WA
Water Conservation Kingston SE, SA
Energy Innovation Wangaratta, VIC
Heritage and Culture Titjikala, NT
Young Legends Mundubbera, QLD
Overall Sheffield, TAS

Highly Commended Awards

Award Winner
Community Action and Partnerships Commendation Mundubbera, QLD
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Commendation (sponsored by PSF) Kingston SE, SA
Resource Recovery and Waste Management Commendation (sponsored by PSF) Wangaratta, VIC
Environmental Innovation and Protection Commendation Sheffield, TAS
Water Conservation Commendation (tie) Wangaratta, VIC Titjikala, NT
Energy Innovation Commendation Sheffield, TAS
Heritage and Culture Commendation Nundle, NSW
Young Legends Commendation Kingston SE, SA

 

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