Mundubbera – what legends!

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Friday 4 April 2014
Media Contact Peter McLean
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Mundubbera Young Legends

Andrew Panozzo of Investigator College, Fay Whelan Deputy Mayor North Burnett Regional Council, Mayor Don Waugh of North Burnett Regional Council











The Queensland town of Mundubbera has gone home with two awards, deservedly won at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2014 held in Victor Harbor, South Australia this evening. The overall 2014 Tidy Towns title went to Sheffield, Tasmania.

The Young Legends award was picked up by community members, including Mayor Don Waugh, and Deputy Mayor Faye Whelan of North Burnett Regional Council, on behalf of the town.

Peter McLean, National Chief Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful said “among the long list of amazing achievements in Mundubbera, it has been positive to see the local school working in partnership with the community and businesses that integrates sustainability aspects in learning outcomes.”

Mundubbera were also highly commended for Community Action and Partnerships.

National Tidy Towns judge Dick Olesinski said “A relationship has been developed with a local citrus grower to recycle old orange crates to create workable gardens close to individual classrooms. Crates are filled with paper and cardboard waste generated on site, mixed with green waste from the school’s chipper, manure from cattle onsite, plus soil and decomposed pig manure from a local piggery.  This has benefited the school community and local industry.”

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 two day awards event included highlights from National judge Dick Olesinski’s 20th year in judging the Australian Tidy Towns, as well as opportunities which allowed representatives the chance to share information and network with like-minded professionals from around Australia.

The tour of Victor Harbor showcased some of the coastal town’s excellent projects which contributed to their win last year.

Many delegates who travelled from all over the country saw the penguin tour and took a ride on the horse drawn tram, as well as a ride on the SteamRanger Vintage Railway.

2014 marks 45 years of the Tidy Towns Awards in Australia, with Keep Australia Beautiful receiving 1300 initiatives nationally, from over 360 entrants across councils, shires, community groups, schools and individuals.

Tidy Towns awards can only be achieved where there is a good level of community participation and social capital. The grass roots programs offered by Keep Australia Beautiful provides opportunities for councils and their communities to showcase their achievements towards sustainability.


Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Tidy Towns Awards winners 2014

Award Winner
Community Action and Partnerships Nundle, NSW
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention (sponsored by PSF) Walpole, WA
Resource Recovery and Waste Management (sponsored by PSF) Sheffield, TAS
Environmental Innovation and Protection Walpole, WA
Water Conservation Kingston SE, SA
Energy Innovation Wangaratta, VIC
Heritage and Culture Titjikala, NT
Young Legends Mundubbera, QLD
Overall Sheffield, TAS

Highly Commended Awards

Award Winner
Community Action and Partnerships Commendation Mundubbera, QLD
Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention Commendation (sponsored by PSF) Kingston SE, SA
Resource Recovery and Waste Management Commendation (sponsored by PSF) Wangaratta, VIC
Environmental Innovation and Protection Commendation Sheffield, TAS
Water Conservation Commendation (tie) Wangaratta, VIC Titjikala, NT
Energy Innovation Commendation Sheffield, TAS
Heritage and Culture Commendation Nundle, NSW
Young Legends Commendation Kingston SE, SA


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