Watch out Latrobe the judge is coming

MEDIA RELEASE
Tuesday 19 February 2013

Media Contact Alice Morgan
Phone 02 9633 1943
Email alice@kab.org.au

Latrobe representatives are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Keep Australia Beautiful National Tidy Towns judge Dick Olesinski on 26 and 27 February as it vies to become the 2012 winner of the Australian Tidy Town Awards.

As part of his judging tour, Mr Olesinski will visit a number of the key environmental projects and initiatives in Latrobe that earned the town the Tasmanian state winner’s title for 2012.

The Australian Tidy Towns Program recognise the hard work undertaken by individuals and groups in rural communities and shares these best practices and ideas to continue to improve our important rural towns. Now it’s up to the national judge Dick Olesinski to compare it against six other finalists across the country.

“The efforts of Latrobe are outstanding and our finalists this year provide excellent show cases of how towns around the nation are implementing practical projects that help local communities achieve an efficient and sustainable future,” Dick Olesinski said.

The success of Latrobe in being the state finalist for Tasmania is that the local council and community are in tune with each other, which is evident at the Henley-on-Mersey festival, the Memorial Hall renovation, restoration work at the Latrobe Cemetery and the centre upgrade.

The National Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful Peter McLean said “it is reflective of a community for whom environmental sustainability, support for others and the strengthening of ties between people is part of their very essence.”

This year marks 45 years of the Tidy Towns awards in Australia, with Keep Australia Beautiful receiving 1180 initiatives nationally, from over 300 entrants across councils, shires, community groups, schools and individuals. Latrobe will vie against six other towns across Australia to win the national award.

Other finalists around Australia include Wycheproof in Victoria, Wugularr in the Northern Territory, Longreach in Queensland, Victor Harbour in South Australia, Armidale in New South Wales, and Port Hedland in Western Australia.

The Tidy Town categories focus on litter prevention, community action, cultural heritage, resource recovery and waste management, water efficiency, environmental Innovation and protection, energy Innovation, government partnerships, active schools, and young leaders and community leadership. The national award will be held in May 2013.

The Australian Tidy Towns Awards are sponsored by the Do the Right Thing Program of the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Packaging Stewardship Forum.

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What: National Judge visit on site with Latrobe representatives
When: Wednesday 27 February 2013 at 2pm
Where: Kings Park at the rear of Reisz’ carpark, off Gilbert Street, Latrobe (immediately opposite Station Square)

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 April/May.

The Australian Tidy Towns Awards are sponsored by

The Do the Right Thing Program of the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Packaging Stewardship Forum. The Packaging Stewardship Forum of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, works with partners across the nation to deliver industry recycling, litter reduction and education programs on behalf of its members, Australia’s major beverage companies and their packaging suppliers. The Forum’s highly successful Do the Right Thing anti-litter campaign is recognised by more than 80% of people. More than 400 towns and cities around Australia are now taking the Do the Right Thing message to their communities.

About the judge – Dick Olesinski

Richard, or Dick as his friends and colleagues call him, conducts an environmental management support consultancy in South Australia for business, industry, community groups and government agencies. He also consults to the retail industry to initiate environment improvement policies, as well as to KESAB (Keep South Australia Beautiful) and Natural Resource Management boards in Adelaide.

His projects include implementing environmental initiatives for the construction industry together with coordinating business, industry and community environmental education programs.

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