Watch out Hedland the judge is coming

Monday 18 February 2013
Media Contact Alice Morgan
Phone 02 9633 1943

Hedland representatives are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Keep Australia Beautiful National Tidy Towns judge Dick Olesinski on Thursday 21 February as it vies to become the 2012 winner of the Australian Tidy Town Awards.

As part of his judging tour, Mr Olesinski will visit a number of the key environmental projects and initiatives in Hedland that earned the town the Western Australian state winner’s title for 2012.

The Australian Tidy Towns Program recognise the hard work undertaken by individuals and groups in rural communities and shares these best practices and ideas to continue to improve our important rural towns. Now it’s up to the national judge Dick Olesinski to compare it against six other finalists across the country.

“The efforts of Hedland are outstanding and our finalists this year provide excellent show cases of how towns around the nation are implementing practical projects that help local communities achieve an efficient and sustainable future,” Dick Olesinski said.

Hedland is a town that is undergoing an enormous amount of change, with the resource industry continuing to expand, the port to undergo a significant facelift and expansion and a number of new facilities and amenity improvements being delivered through the WA State Government through its Royalties for Regions Pilbara Cities program.

The National Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful Peter McLean said “it is reflective of a community for whom environmental sustainability, support for others and the strengthening of ties between people is part of their very essence.”

Town of Port Hedland Deputy Mayor George Daccache is looking forward to meeting the Tidy Towns judge. “We are excited and honoured to be the State Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities winner for WA, and to be in the running for the National Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities award. This award is all about the community. It is the individuals and community groups who have planned, driven and volunteered in the many programmes and initiatives that have made such a difference to the community. They are deserving of our recognition, thanks, and congratulations for all that they have achieved. As Deputy Mayor, I know that I speak for all of Port Hedland when I say that I am very, very proud of our community.”

This year marks 45 years of the 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. Hedland will vie against six other towns across Australia to win the national award.

Other finalists around Australia include Wycheproof in Victoria, Wugularr in the Northern Territory, Longreach in Queensland, Victor Harbour in South Australia, Armidale in New South Wales, and Latrobe in Tasmania.

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.

The national award will be held in May 2013.

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.



What: National Judge visit on site with Port Hedland representatives, and Deputy Mayor George Daccache
When: Thursday 21 February 2013 at 14.30
Where: Civic Centre gardens

Local Media Contact: Nur-Irdah Halik, Publicity Officer Ph: (08) 9158 9355

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

National Media Contact: Alice Morgan, Communications Officer, Keep Australia Beautiful Ph: (02) 9633 1943

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.

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