Toodyay 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 Toodyay has proven it’s the Tidy Towns Winner for Western Australia, now its environmental efforts have put them in the running for this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns awards.

Thirteen representatives from the town will be attending which include Toodyay Friends of the River, Toodyay Historical Society, Toodyay Bowling Club, Toodyay & Districts Community Bank, Toodyay Garden Club, Toodyay Naturalists’ Club, and Toodyay District High School; as well as Shire of Toodyay. They will be making the 4,000 km journey, jet setting to Sheffield in 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 Toodyay in December 2014 as part of her judging tour, to compare it against six other finalists across the country.

Ms Grant said, “this picturesque town has the dual benefit of proximity to Perth and a rural setting.  There is a very strong history with preservation of significant buildings and traditions – many of which form the basis of community events throughout the year.”

At the judging stage, Toodyay 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

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.”

Toodyay, population of 1,069, located on the Avon River in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, 85 kilometres north-east of Perth, showcased the following:

  • Adopt-a-spot project and its signage, in partnership with Bendigo Bank. There have been 51 pickups, 457 participants, 535 bags of rubbish, weighing 2,210.86kg, which included 5,256 Cigarette butts.
  • Anti-litter posters and yellow bins recycling at local events.
  • Local environmental projects (revegetation, surveying, walk tracks), and the Farmers’ Market and Community Garden planning.
  • Toodyay Agricultural Show and Moondyne/International Food Festivals.
  • Skate Park extension, and new plans for a Sport and Recreation Facility.
  • Installation of 26 bike parking U-rails in the town provides cyclists with places to secure their bikes at important destinations.
  • Graffiti removal trailer.
  • Recycling facilities: furniture, building materials, glass, steel, aluminium, engine oil, e-waste, hazardous goods, accepted free-of-charge.
  • Shire of Toodyay Scheme Water consumption was reduced by 40% from 2012/13 to 2013/14, through better reticulation and controlling leaks, and the installation of 110,000 litre rainwater tank.
  • In 2013, Shire and Toodyay Community Safety and Crime Prevention Committee secured Community Crime Prevention Funding to install LED Solar street lights, to overcome inadequate street lighting near the Toodyay IGA Supermarket and the Memorial Hall.

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

Toodyay Contact: Beth Frayne, Secretary of Toodyay Tidy Towns Committee, 08 9574 5971 toobide4@iinet.net.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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