Sheffield sustainability on show for National Tidy Towns judge

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Thursday 13 February 2014
Contact Dick Olesinski
Phone 0413 750 681

What:                          National Judge visit on site with Sheffield representatives
When:                         Thursday 20 February 2014
Media call time:       9.30am
Location:                    Kentish Health Care Centre, 1 Henry Street, Sheffield

Representatives from the Tasmanian community of Sheffield are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Keep Australia Beautiful National Tidy Towns judge Dick Olesinski next week, on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th February. It also marks Dick’s 20th year in judging the national Tidy Towns program.

The local community have a busy two days prepared for Mr Olesinski, who will visit a number of  the key environmental projects and initiatives in Sheffield that earned it the Tasmanian winner’s title. Sheffield will now go head-to-head with six other finalists from around the country to vie for the Australian Tidy Town 2014.

20 years in, Mr Olesinski is very much the expert when it comes to evaluating these initiatives against the national awards criteria which encompasses:

  • Community Action & Partnerships
  • ‘Dame Phyllis Frost’ Litter Prevention
  • Resource Recovery & Waste Management
  • Environmental Innovation & Protection
  • Water Conservation
  • Energy Innovation
  • Heritage & Culture
  • Young Legends.

Mr Olesinski said “I’ve seen Australia in all its splendour and variety. I’m constantly amazed by the commitment of people living and working in remote places to developing their communities, even after 20 years in the field.”

During his judging tour, Mr Olesinski will be shown the Dulverton Waste Management facility. This landfill and organics facility was the first landfill site in Tasmania designed to handle domestic and commercial waste sustainably. The site will be managed for the next 30 years or more until all biodegradable material has broken down. DWM also produces compost which has allowed approximately 20,000 tonnes of green waste and organic material to be diverted away from landfill.

Also on the itinerary will be the Sheffield Waste Transfer Station where residents are able to take domestic waste and recyclable materials to the where they can recycle items like scrap metal, mixed recyclables, e-waste, silage wrap, waste oil, green waste, car tyres, and batteries.

Nationally, the Tidy Towns program received 360 entrants, and 1300 category submissions across councils, shires, community groups, schools and individuals.

The current Tidy Towns title holder is Victor Harbor in South Australia, and this esteemed award will be passed onto the new winner at a Keep Australia Beautiful National event to be held there on 3 and 4 April.

Finalists for the National awards include Mundubbera in Queensland, Walpole in Western Australia, Wangaratta in Victoria, Nundle in New South Wales, Kingston South East in South Australia, and Titjikala in the Northern Territory.

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.



For further information about the judge’s visit, please contact:

Judge Contact: Dick Olesinski. Mob: 0413 750 681

National Media Comment: Peter McLean, National Executive Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful  Mob: 0416 227 158

National Media Contact: Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful  Tel: 02 8626 9396 

About the Australian Sustainable Communities Awards

Keep Australia Beautiful seeks to lead, challenge and inspire all Australians to strive for a sustainable and litter free environment.  It does this through research, communications programs and awards programs.

Its national awards are known as the Australian Sustainable Communities Awards which consist of the Tidy Towns, Sustainable Cities, and Clean Beaches Awards.  Each awards program commences with state and territory awards and culminates in a national Grand Final event.

About the Australian Tidy Towns Awards

These awards encourage, motivate and celebrate the achievements of rural and regional communities across Australia. Each year state and territory winners are announced between August and November. They then receive a visit from the Australian Tidy Towns Judge and the Australian Tidy Towns Awards are presented in April/May.

About Keep Australia Beautiful

Keep Australia Beautiful is the national peak body on litter prevention. With over four decades of experience in engaging Australians to care for their local environments, (not to be confused with the organisation Clean Up Australia Day) KAB Programs include Sustainable Cities, Tidy Towns, Clean Beaches, National Litter Index, The LITTLE Committee, National Bin Network and Keep Australia Beautiful Week in August.

The KAB National website is where all information on the organisation can be accessed including the National Litter Index which is Australia’s only independent nation-wide litter research.

About the judge – Dick Olesinski

Richard, or Dick as his friends and colleagues call him, conducts an environmental management support consultancy in South Australia for business, industry, community groups and government agencies. He also consults to the retail industry to initiate environment improvement policies, as well as to KESAB (Keep South Australia Beautiful) and Natural Resource Management boards in Adelaide.

His projects include implementing environmental initiatives for the construction industry together with coordinating business, industry and community environmental education programs.

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. The Packaging Stewardship Forum of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, works with partners across the nation to deliver industry recycling, litter reduction and education programs on behalf of its members, Australia’s major beverage companies and their packaging suppliers. The Forum’s highly successful Do the Right Thing anti-litter campaign is recognised by more than 80% of people.  More than 400 towns and cities around Australia are now taking the Do the Right Thing message to their communities.

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