Wangaratta still energised from 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

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Graham Philp (Mayor of City of Victor Harbor), Margaret Pullen (Chairperson Wangaratta Community Pride Committee), Bronwyn Chapman (Rural City of Wangaratta), Zoe Stinson (Youth Scholarship Recipient), Ron Webb (Wangaratta Community Pride Committee

The Victorian town of Wangaratta has gone home with three 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 Energy Innovation award was picked up by community members including Chair of the Wangaratta Community Pride Committee Margaret Pullen as well as Deputy Chair of Milawa Heritage Group John Brown AO, and Youth Mayor Zoe Stinson of Rural City of Wangaratta, on behalf of the town for their Eco Living centre.

Peter McLean, National Chief Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful said “it demonstrates a great example of how to educate the community on the benefits of renewable energy. This includes the long term cost savings that can be achieved.”

National Tidy Towns judge Dick Olesinski said “the Eco Living Sustainable Communities project helps the community achieve sustainability by fostering community awareness and behaviour change. Engagement with the community includes information, practical demonstrations and education workshops about household sustainability.”

These workshops help community members to develop a household sustainability action plan. More than 1,000 people have engaged with sustainability information at 12 events and workshops.

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.

Wangaratta were also highly commended for Resource Recovery & Waste Management and tied in a highly commended in Water Conservation with Titjikala, in the Northern Territory.

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.

Chris Jeffreys, General Manager from the Packaging Stewardship Forum who sponsor the Resource Recovery & Waste Management category “congratulate Wangaratta and their community who worked collaboratively to achieve the highly commended award.”

“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,” she said.

The Packaging Stewardship Forum programs focus on resource recovery, away from home recycling and litter prevention, which are complimented by Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns Program. All councils and their communities who make the effort to participate in the awards program across Australia should be encouraged and congratulated.

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.

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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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