Victor Harbor Tidy Towns finalist in running for National Award
Tuesday 26 March 2013
Media Contact Alice Morgan
Phone 02 9633 1943
Victor Harbor has proven it’s the South Australian 2012 Tidy Towns Winner and now its environmental efforts have put it in the running for this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Tidy Towns awards. Representatives from Victor Harbor will be going to Caloundra in Queensland on May 17, 2013 in the hope to win the National title. Caloundra is hosting the National awards this year, as they currently hold the Australian Tidy Town title.
The Australian Tidy Towns Program recognise the hard work undertaken by individuals and groups in rural communities and share these best practices and ideas to continue to improve our important rural towns. The national judge Dick Olesinski visited Victor Harbor in December of 2012 as part of his judging tour, to compare it against six other finalists across the country.
Victor Harbor had an impressive list of sustainability initiatives that highlighted the level of importance this is given in their community. The uptake of solar energy is remarkable, treated waste water is used extensively throughout the town, provision of high quality parks and gardens is a priority for council, significant community engagement, and they display a high level of culture and heritage acknowledgement and work. Removal of weed species, and the return to native vegetation is being undertaken.
Victor Harbor is a showcase of numerous sustainability initiatives. They, like many coastal areas, have the difficulty of a fluctuating population that grows by over 20,000 people during holiday time, but the town still retains its strong coastal values. This is the town’s first win in decades of entering.
Peter McLean, National Chief Executive Officer for Keep Australia Beautiful said “many activities are local partnerships and show commitment and action that set a benchmark example of rural communities leading urban South Australia despite remoteness and often with reduced services.”
This year marks 45 years of the National Tidy Towns awards in Australia, with Keep Australia Beautiful receiving 1180 initiatives nationally, from over 300 entrants across councils, shires, community groups, schools and individuals. Victor Harbor is competing against six other towns across Australia to win the national award.
The Tidy Town categories focus on litter prevention, community action, cultural heritage, resource recovery and waste management, water efficiency, environmental Innovation and protection, energy Innovation, government partnerships, active schools, and young leaders and community leadership.
Other finalists around Australia include Latrobe in Tasmania, Wycheproof in Victoria, Wugularr in the Northern Territory, Longreach in Queensland, Armidale in New South Wales and Hedland in Western Australia.
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. Registrations for attending the awards can be made at kab.org.au/tidy-towns/
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.
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.
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.