Horsham being judged for Australian Tidy Towns


Friday 4 December 2015



WHAT: Keep Australia Beautiful, 2016 Australian Tidy Towns judging
DATE: Monday 7 December 2015
WHERE: The Pubs of Horsham – Royal Hotel
WHO: Jill Grant, Australian Tidy Towns judge, scoring heritage and culture with a pint, and representatives from Horsham

The town of Horsham 300 kilometres north-west of Melbourne is representing Victoria in the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2016.

Australian Tidy Towns judge Jill Grant will be visiting Horsham on 7 and 8 December 2015 in advance of the award ceremony to be hosted by the 2015 title holder, Toodyay on 17 and 18 March next year.

Ms Grant said she was looking forward to visiting the Keep Victoria Beautiful Tidy Towns finalist to review their projects as part of their National submission.

Ms Grant said, “to be recognised on a national stage is quite the achievement for Mundulla. I can’t wait to see their winning projects first hand.”

When there, Ms Grant will be compiling judging scores while learning about the following initiatives, among many others:

  • Operation 19:14 – a free family festival beside the Wimmera River.
  • Lighting the Region Streetlight Project which involved the upgrade of 23,000 streetlights with energy efficient technology.
  • The delivery of a habitat design competition and community education event connecting schools with wildlife advocate Chris Humfrey and his Wild Action Zoo team.
  • Northern Grampians Fire Recovery activities.
  • Horsham CBD Litter and Recycling Bins with stunning images of the municipality on them, as well as maps to show residents and visitors the location of free Wi-Fi spots, services and landmarks.
  • Nature and heritage activities such as Sharing of Cultures day, Welcome Baby to Country (where the indigenous children are welcomed to country by the elders of the Community) and Laharum Landcare group.
  • Youth activities such as the National “Camp Gallipoli” Program, and Horsham Special School sensory courtyard and kitchen garden.

In addition to the overall winner, the national program contains the category awards, each of which is scored through the national judging process:

  • Community Action and Wellbeing
  • Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Award, Waste Management & Resource Recovery
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Heritage and Culture
  • Young Legends
  • Environmental Education.

The Australian Tidy finalists for 2016 are:

  • Orange, state winner from Keep NSW Beautiful
  • Mt Liebig, territory winner from Keep Australia Beautiful NT
  • Albany, state winner from Keep Australia Beautiful WA
  • Triabunna, state winner from Keep Australia Beautiful TAS
  • Mundulla, state winner from KESAB environmental solutions in SA
  • Roma, state winner from Keep Queensland Beautiful.

Sponsored by The Australian Packaging Covenant and the Department for the Environment the Australian Tidy Towns awards encourage, motivate and celebrate the achievements of rural and regional communities across Australia.

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Editors notes:

 Judge Contact:

Jill Grant | 0411 652 895 | jagrant5@bigpond.com

Finalist Contact:

Heidi Hay, Executive Assistant, Horsham Rural City |03 53829 724 | heide.hay@hrcc.vic.gov.au

National Media Contact:

Alice Morgan, Communications Manager, Keep Australia Beautiful | 02 8626 9396 | alice@kab.org.au

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