Tidy Towns Program Background
What is Tidy Towns?
- Tidy Towns is about cooperation and community involvement.
- Provides an incentive for existing environmental and/or community groups to work together to achieve a common vision for a better environment, a sustainable community and improved quality of life.
- Tidy Towns is a program that brings communities together to undertake practical actions to enhance and conserve their built and natural environment.
- A program that ensures communities do the best with what they’ve got to ensure a sustainable future.
What makes a Tidy Town?
A framework to encourage and/or extend beautification, education, environmental, cultural, etc. programs.
- Tidy Towns offers the framework to encourage or extend various improvements, beautification, education, environmental and cultural programs that may already be in progress.
- A comprehensive approach to a better environment and a stronger community.
- Enables Keep Australia Beautiful to encourage and recognise towns, schools, organisations and individuals involved in long term projects.
- A Tidy Town is a community that works together towards a common goal of improving its appearance and environmental quality.
- Strong community involvement is the key to success.
- Broad community sector involvement provides strong ownership of town developments.
- Through participation, community members gain greater awareness of local and general environmental issues.
Benefit to communities
Benefits to towns becoming involved in the program include a social, environmental and economic focus – all about sustainability.
- Increased community pride and raised self esteem
- Increased interaction between broad range of community groups
- Encourages an inter-generational approach between varying age groups within a community.
- Social cooperation
- Encourages a clean and green sustainable community
- Enables a community to become more aware of their local environment
- Encourages innovative approaches to environmental challenges
- Litter prevention and encourages community ‘ownership’ of problem through clean ups, etc
- Better waste minimisation and management
- Community awareness and educational benefits
- Improved facilities, features and town presentation
- Improved health standards
- Opportunities for tourism promotion and related ‘flow on’ benefits.
A Tidy Towns plan
An effectively planned community-driven Tidy Towns program includes:
- A developed vision of what a community wants for a sustainable future. Preferably linked to Shire/Council’s local environment plan, if available.
- A useful resource for planning future directions.
- Budget factor.
- Action Plan – what/when/where/ how to get the job done.
- Equipment/resources – who/what to use to get the job done.
- Promotion – how to expose our program.
- Evaluation – where have we been?
- Future strategies – where do we go from here?