Titjikala Tidy Towns finalist going to National Awards

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MEDIA RELEASE
Thursday 5 February 2015

 

 

What:                          Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2015
When:                        Friday 27 February 2015
Media call time:     6.30pm – 10.30pm. Overall announcement at 9.55pm.
Location:                   Sheffield Public School Hall, Sheffield, Tasmania

The community of Titjikala has proven it’s the Territory Tidy Towns Winner and now its environmental efforts have put them in the running for this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns awards.

Eleven representatives from MacDonnell Regional Council will be making the 2,700 km journey, jet setting into Sheffield Tasmania on 26 and 27 February in the hope to win the iconic National title.

Sheffield are hosting the National awards this year, as they currently hold the Australian Tidy Town title.

Sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant and the Department for the Environment, 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 Jill Grant visited Titjikala in December 2014 as part of her judging tour, to compare it against six other finalists across the country.

Keep Australia Beautiful Council (NT) CEO, Heimo Schober said, “The people of Titjikala take great pride in their community and have a rich display of heritage and culture. The community has a special place in history, and the people share their country and heritage through their arts, crafts and sporting activities. The town’s park, playgrounds, oval, cemetery, school, offices, homes, store and buildings all stand out and shine with immense pride”.

At the judging stage, Titjikala was marked against the following criteria:

  • Community Action & Partnerships
  • ‘Dame Phyllis Frost’ Litter Prevention
  • Resource Recovery & Waste Management
  • Environmental Protection & Innovation
  • Water Conservation
  • Energy Innovation
  • Heritage & Culture
  • Young Legends

Almost everything that happens in Titjikala is achieved through community consultation and participation. The traditional kinship system the residents continue to follow is a system of duty and delegation that respectfully engages across the community.

With this system at its heart, Titjikala residents are readily receptive to opportunities for improvements in health outcomes, wellbeing, community pride and beautification.

Titjikala, population of 201, and located on 117km south of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory showcased the following:

  • Alice Springs Metal Recyclers commercial engagement incorporating the TV series Outback Truckers.
  • a community wide sewerage system that will replace individual septics tanks.
  • NT Government’s Territory Housing community fencing upgrades to 22 homes.
  • Residents not only participate with Council’s waste management processing and load all their rubbish in provided bins, but have extended their engagement beyond their fence line and now manage the public space outside of their yard.
  • MacDonnell Regional Council’s recently upgraded Waste Management Facility at Titjikala currently has a cache of about 250 abandoned cars in varying condition.
  • Council Depot the Civil Works team created a nursery to foster salvaged native seedlings found in gutters and buildings, and prepare them for planting.
  • Welcome-to-country is performed at the start of all Local Authority meetings and the ensuing discussions are predominantly held in Pitjantjatjara with a final verbal translation to English provided for the Minutes.
  • Giving their young people a stronger voice in the community and across the MacDonnell Council, about future needs and planning for the community.

CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful National, Peter McLean said “each finalist has demonstrated significant outcomes in a range of sustainability projects and activities and the National program allows each of them to learn even more from leading projects in other States and Territories.”

Nationally, the Tidy Towns program received 347 applicants, with 1335 category submissions across councils, shires, community groups, schools and individuals. The National Tidy Towns Awards have been running since 1991.

State and territory finalists include:

Westbury – Tasmania
Beechworth – Victoria
Titjikala – Northern Territory
Cooktown – Queensland
Meningie – South Australia
Gloucester – New South Wales
Toodyay – Western Australia

ENDS

EDITOR’S NOTES:

Judge Contact: Jill Grant nationaljudge@kab.org.au 0411 652 895

Titjikala Contact: Darren Pfitzner, Communications Officer, 08 8958 9608 Darren.pfitzner@macdonnell.nt.gov.au

National Media Comment:       Peter McLean, National Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful peter@kab.org.au  Mob: 0416 227 158

National Media Contact: Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful alice@kab.org.au  Tel: 02 8626 9396 

About the Australian Sustainable Communities Awards

Keep Australia Beautiful seeks to lead, challenge and inspire all Australians to strive for a sustainable and litter free environment.  It does this through research, communications programs and awards programs.

Its national awards are known as the Australian Sustainable Communities Awards which consist of the Tidy Towns, Sustainable Cities, and Clean Beaches Awards.  Each awards program commences with state and territory awards and culminates in a national Grand Final event.

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 February.

About Keep Australia Beautiful

Keep Australia Beautiful is the national peak body on litter prevention. With more than four decades of experience in engaging Australians to care for their local environments, (not to be confused with Clean Up Australia Day) KAB Programs include Sustainable Cities, Tidy Towns, Clean Beaches, National Litter Index, Eco-Schools, Adopt a Patch, and Keep Australia Beautiful Week in August.

The KAB National website is www.kab.org.au where all information on the organisation can be accessed including the National Litter Index, which is Australia’s only independent nation-wide litter research.

About Jill Grant

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