Westbury Tidy Towns finalist going to National Awards
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 Westbury has proven it’s the Tasmanian 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.
Representatives from the Town Common Committee and Meander Valley Council will be heading to Sheffield 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 Westbury in December 2014 as part of her judging tour, to compare it against six other finalists across the country.
Ms Grant said “Volunteers are the core of the community and its success. The new local government group is increasingly supportive and new partnerships are being formed all the time. In a town with a small population it is important to garner support for multiple groups.”
At the judging stage, Westbury 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.”
Wesbury, population of 1,476, and located just south of Launceston in Tasmania, showcased the following:
- National School Tree Day
- Westbury Community Garden
- Waste collection bins at Recreation Ground, as well as Town Common Car Park and BBQ area, Village Green, and business areas
- Protection of threatened species and their habitat on an open space that is also a functional wetland at Westbury Town Common
- Cigarette Butt bins, with ongoing installations. KAB Tas dual waste/recycling bin at Town Hall Car Park
- Educational visits for students to view the land fill site and the future challenges
- Water conservation project by Westbury Primary School, to capture storm water and transfer it to underground tanks, that is used to water the community gardens on the school grounds. Water efficient toilets were also installed
- Recycled Fluoro tubes collection facility
- Resource Recovery and Transfer Station at Westbury
- Westbury installation of solar panels is approximately 35% and installations still increasing, despite the lower tariff now being offered.
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
Judge Contact: Jill Grant email@example.com 0411 652 895
Westbury Contact: Di Robinson 0419 105 763 firstname.lastname@example.org
National Media Comment: Peter McLean, National Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful email@example.com Mob: 0416 227 158
National Media Contact: Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful firstname.lastname@example.org 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.