Wugularr Cleans Up at the Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2013

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MEDIA RELEASE
Friday 17 May 2013 4.30pm AEST
Media Contact Peter McLean
Phone 0416 227 158
Email peter@kab.org.au

 

Keep Australia Beautiful, Tidy Towns awards at Caloundra, Sunshi

Back row: Heimo Schober Keep Australia Beautiful Council NT, Malcolm Fox Roper Gulf Shire, Neil Manning Roper Gulf Shire.

Front row: Gordon Jackson Roper Gulf Shire, Val Southam KABNA Snr Vice Chair (NSW), Mayor Tony Jack.

The Northern Territory town of Wugularr has won the Heritage and Culture Award at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2013, in a tie with Longreach, Queensland.  The town was also highly commended for Energy Innovation. The winners were announced at the national awards ceremony hosted by the 2012 national winner, Caloundra, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland on Friday 17 May. The overall 2013 Tidy Towns title went to Victor Harbor, South Australia.

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.

The Wugularr community has a rich heritage and culture, a special place in Australian history, and they share their country and heritage through sport and an annual cultural festival, held over the past 10 years.

Wugularr’s main cultural festival is ‘Walking With Spirits’. It is an annual Aboriginal festival held at Beswick Falls and presented by Djilpin Arts and the Australian Shakespeare Company.

“Wugularr has deservedly achieved the prestigious honour of being the Territory’s Tidy Town for 2011 and 2012. It is both the individual and community culture of pride and self-esteem that achieves and maintains this high standard of expectation by all,” National Tidy Towns judge Dick Olesinski said.

Peter McLean, National Chief Executive Officer for Keep Australia Beautiful said, “With numerous projects currently underway throughout the community, it bears the testimony that Wugularr residents care for their surroundings and take pride in living in their special part of the Northern Territory.”

The awards event included a tour of Caloundra showcasing some of the coastal town’s excellent projects which contributed to their win last year. A speed networking section after lunch allowed representatives the chance to share information and network with like minded professionals from around Australia.

2013 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.

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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EDITOR’S NOTES:

Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Tidy Towns Awards winners 2013

Award Winner
Community Action and Partnerships Armidale NSW
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Latrobe TAS
Resource Recovery and Waste Management Armidale NSW
Environmental Innovation and Protection Hedland WA
Water Conservation Wycheproof VIC
Energy Innovation Victor Harbor SA
Heritage and Culture (tie) Wugularr NT
Heritage and Culture (tie) Longreach QLD
Young Legends Victor Harbor SA
Overall Victor Harbor SA

Highly Commended Awards

Award Winner
Community Action and Partnerships Commendation Hedland WA
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Commendation Wycheproof VIC
Resource Recovery and Waste Management Commendation Victor Harbor SA
Environmental Innovation and Protection Commendation Latrobe TAS
Water Conservation Commendation Armidale NSW
Energy Innovation Commendation Wugularr NT
Young Legends Commendation Longreach QLD

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