Sheffield Shines at Australian Tidy Towns 2014: Takes home the overall title
Friday 4 April 2014
Media Contact Peter McLean
Phone 0416 227 158
Not since 2007 has a Tasmanian town taken home the title of Australia’s Tidiest Town*. Tonight, Sheffield on Tasmania’s north-west coast did just that at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2014. The announcement was made at the national awards ceremony hosted by the 2013 overall winner, Victor Harbor in South Australia.
Kentish Council Mayor Don Thwaites and community representatives on behalf of the town accepted the overall award for their community participation and grass roots efforts that they more than showcased this evening, and during the judging process.
Barrie Muir, Tasmanian Tidy Towns judge, said there was a lot more to becoming a finalist in the Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns program than looking good, being litter free and having nice parks and gardens.
“There also needs to be a feeling good and doing good presence with sustainability being a bottom line,” he said. “And it’s all this that has helped Sheffield’s win.”
Sheffield also won the Resource Recovery & Waste Management award, and won two highly commended awards in Environmental Innovation and Protection, and Energy Innovation.
Peter McLean, National Chief Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful said for a small town, Sheffield was well ahead of the competition on resource recovery.
“It is positive to see all parts of the waste stream incorporated, and demonstrating exceptional recovery outcomes,” he said.
National Tidy Towns judge Dick Olesinski said the council’s self-check home energy audit kits were made available free of charge for residents to conduct a self-assessment of their household with a view to making changes to reduce energy use.
“Numerous residents have taken up the opportunity to reduce costs as well as reducing their environmental impact,” he said.
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 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 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.
Chris Jeffreys, General Manager from the Packaging Stewardship Forum who sponsor the Resource Recovery & Waste Management category congratulated Sheffield and their community who worked collaboratively to achieve the Resource Recovery and Waste Management Award, as well as the Overall Australian win.
“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,” she said.
The Packaging Stewardship Forum programs focus on resource recovery, away from home recycling and litter prevention, which are complimented by Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns Program. All councils and their communities who make the effort to participate in the awards program across Australia should be encouraged and congratulated.
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.
Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Tidy Towns Awards winners 2014
|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|
Highly Commended Awards
|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|
* Swansea on the east coast won the national award in 2007
Judge Contact: Barrie Muir, Tasmanian Tidy Towns judge 0488 101 585
Mayor Contact: Mayor Don Thwaites 0458 343 059
Tasmanian media Contact: Nick Turner 0418 538 865