Wangaratta Judgement Day

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Monday 25 November 2013
Contact Dick Olesinski
Phone 0413 750 681


Tomorrow the National Tidy Towns judge Dick Olesinski visits the Victorian finalist Wangaratta. It also marks Dick’s 20th year in judging the national Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns program. Representatives from the state finalist Wangaratta are eagerly anticipating the arrival of Mr Olesinski, who are still on a high after having been announced the state Tidy Town in the middle of October 2013.

Wangaratta will now go head-to-head with six other finalists from around the country to vie for the Australian Tidy Town in 2014. The local community have a long and busy two days prepared for Mr Olesinski, who will visit a number of the key environmental projects and initiatives in Wangaratta that earned it the Victorian town winner’s title for 2013.

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        

“This wonderful result is all due to the hard work of our community and the Wangaratta Community Pride Committee,” said Cr Rozi Parisotto, Mayor.

National Tidy Towns judge Dick 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.”

Wangaratta won the title of Victorian Tidy Town of the Year because of their efforts to protect and enhance their local environment through the work of the Wangaratta Community Pride Committee and over 90 volunteer community groups. Community champions have emerged from the community planning process. They lead the plan development process and drive the implementation of priority actions.

Mr Olesinski  said “This approach has brought community members together, built their capacity, knowledge and resilience to realise practical actions to meet the aspirations and needs of their community.”

The current Tidy Town title holder is Victor Harbor in South Australia, and this esteemed award will be passed onto the new winner in 2014.

Finalists announced include Nundle in New South Wales, Mundubbera in Queensland, Sheffield in Tasmania, Kingston SE  in South Australia, Walpole  in Western Australia, and Titjikala in the Northern Territory. Keep your eyes peeled on for the announcement of the remaining state finalists.

The Australian Tidy Towns Awards are sponsored by the 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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