Titjikala wins Heritage and Culture at the Australian Tidy Towns 2014

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

Titjikala Heritage

L – R, Jeff MacLeod (CEO MacDonnell Regional Council), Peter Black (Director KABNA), Sid Anderson (MacDonnell Regional Council), Darren Wilyuka (MacDonnell Regional Council), Heimo Schober (CEO KABNT), Kevin Moneymoon (MacDonnell Regional Council).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The desert community of Titjikala in the Northern Territory 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 Heritage and Culture award was picked up by community members including Jeff MacLeod, CEO; and Sid Anderson, President of MacDonnell Regional Council, on behalf of the town.

Peter McLean, National Chief Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful said “it’s amazing how the community have embraced artwork to combine all cultures and celebrate their unique community. Particularly the Arts Centre, where the initiative began.”

Titjikala were also highly commended for Water Conservation, in a tie with Wangaratta, in Victoria.

National Tidy Towns judge Dick Olesinski said “Most residents of Titjikala have long ancestral relationships to the region with significant traditional knowledge of survival in the extreme arid conditions of the Simpson Desert. Predominantly of the Pitjantjatjara language group, Titjikala’s residents have maintained their natural water conversation principles and selectively learnt over recent generations the ‘western’ means of water consumption.”

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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