Roma being judged for national Tidy Towns award


Friday 11 December 2015


Photo opportunity
What: Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns 2016 judging
When: Tuesday 15 December 2015
Media Call: 1.45 pm
Where: Nugrow Composting, End Short Street, Roma, 4455
Who: Jill Grant, Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns judge; David Curtin, CEO Keep Queensland Beautiful; Councillors, Director of Development Facilities and Environmental Services Rob Hayward and Margie Milla.

The town of Roma 515 km west of Brisbane is the Keep Queensland Beautiful state winner of Tidy Towns and will now go on to represent the state in the Keep Australia Beautiful, 2016 Australian Tidy Towns awards.

Australian Tidy Towns judge Jill Grant will be visiting Roma on Tuesday 15 December to compare with six other finalists from all over the country.

Ms Grant said, “to be recognised on a national stage is quite the achievement for Roma. 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:

  • Saleyards site tour including facility overview, history, auction information and washdown and weed control.
  • Bungil Creek Clearing Project and Mandandanji cultural heritage site.
  • Big Rig and viewing Slab Hut and Oil Patch.
  • Adungadoo Pathway walking tour to Yarning Circle (Welcome to Country), China Town interpretive display, sporting equipment and miniature train.
  • Site inspection and recycling of water usage (golf club and crops) at the Roma Sewerage Treatment Plant.
  • Roma Community Arts Centre, Roma Water Play Park, Roma Cenotaph and Hero’s Avenue.
  • Site inspection of composting, and highlights of long-term waste management strategy at Nugrow Composting.

In addition to the overall winner, the national program contains 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.

Australian Tidy finalists for 2016 are:

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

The overall winner will be announced at an award ceremony to be hosted by the current title holder Toodyay in Western Australia on 17 and 18 March 2016.

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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Judge Contact:

Jill Grant | 0411 652 895 |

Finalist Contact:

Amy Rickleman, Communications Officer |07 4624 0658 |

National Media Contact:

Alice Morgan, Communications Manager, Keep Australia Beautiful | 02 8626 9396 |

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