Will Horsham be Australia’s next Tidy Town?
Thursday 11 February 2016
Their conservation, revegetation, flood mitigation and bushfire prevention efforts will see the town of Horsham represent Victoria at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns awards in March.
Horsham, along with representatives from six towns across Australia will descend upon last years’ title holder Toodyay in Western Australia, to celebrate their sustainability achievements in our nation’s rural and regional communities.
The national judge Jill Grant visited Horsham in December last year as part of her judging tour, to compare the town against the other finalists all competing for the iconic Australian Tidy Towns title:
- Roma, state winner from Keep Queensland Beautiful
- Triabunna, state winner from Keep Australia Beautiful TAS
- Mundulla, state winner from KESAB environmental solutions in SA
- Albany, state winner from Keep Australia Beautiful WA
- Mt Liebig, territory winner from Keep Australia Beautiful NT
- Orange, state winner from Keep NSW Beautiful.
Ms. Grant 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 and Territories.”
This year, the keynote speaker is Rhys Williams, the 2015 WA Young Person of the year, and is also the CEO of The Makers, a WA-based community development charity. The two-day event will include presentations from all the finalists, networking opportunities, a tour of Toodyay, as well as the awards dinner.
Sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant and the Department of 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 vibrant rural towns.
For 2016, the program received 308 applicants, with 1454 category submissions across councils, shires, community groups, schools, and individuals. The Australian Tidy Towns awards have been running for 26 years.
Key Facts and Figures
What: Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2016
When: Friday 18 March 2016
Media call time: 6.30pm – 10.30pm. Overall announcement at 9.55pm AWST.
Location: Toodyay Memorial Hall
Who: Tidy Towns finalists; Rhys Williams, the 2015 WA Young Person of the year; Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia; Hon. Albert Jacob MLA the Minister for Environment, Heritage, WA; KAB network; Jill Grant, Australian Tidy Towns judge.
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.
Judge Contact: Jill Grant firstname.lastname@example.org 0411 652 895
National Media Comment: Philip Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful email@example.com 0413 354 680
National Media Contact: Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful firstname.lastname@example.org 0416 768 387