Wycheproof are going to the Australian Tidy Towns Awards

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MEDIA RELEASE
Thursday 2 May 2013
 Media Contact Alice Morgan
Phone 02 9633 1943
Email alice@kab.org.au

 

A big decision is going to be made in just two weeks’ time to announce the 2013 Australian Tidy Town. Wycheproof have already proven it’s the Victorian 2012 winner, and now its environmental efforts have put it in the running for this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Tidy Towns awards.

Mayor Reid Mather from Buloke Shire Council will be going to Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland on May 17, 2013 in the hope to win the Overall title. Caloundra is hosting the National awards this year, as they currently hold the Australian Tidy Town title.

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 national judge Dick Olesinski visited Wycheproof in October of 2012 as part of his judging tour, to compare it against six other finalists across the country.

“Wycheproof encourages knowledge and idea sharing with other communities and believes in collaboration for the betterment of the region. The folk who call Wycheproof home adore their town, it’s safe streets, neighbourly gestures, innovative and spirited community groups and the opportunities extended to young people,” Dick Olesinski said.

The Acting National Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful Peter McLean said it was great because Wycheproof boasts the equal highest level of adult volunteering in Victoria, and the people actively seek out opportunities to improve town facilities and promote their way of life. Programs such as the Water Reuse Plan, $1 Rent-a-Farmhouse, Wycheproof Ram Tram and the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour highlight the range of activities undertaken in a town of around 700 people.

“It is these people who have made Wycheproof what it is today – connected, innovative, passionate and proud. To have the area recognised, and anything that boosted the morale and pride of the community is fantastic”, Peter McLean said.

2013 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. Wycheproof is competing against six other towns across Australia to win the national award.

Other finalists around Australia include Wugularr in the Northern Territory, Latrobe in Tasmania, Longreach in Queensland, Victor Harbor South Australia, Armidale in New South Wales, and Hedland in Western Australia.

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 Australian Tidy Towns Awards are sponsored by the Do the Right Thing Program of the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Packaging Stewardship Forum.

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EDITOR’S NOTES:

What:                           Australian Tidy Towns Awards Presentation
When:                          Friday 17 May 2013
Media call time:      4.00pm – for the announcement of Overall winner at 4.15pm.
The  entire awards day will run from 9.45am, concluding at 4.30pm
Location:                   The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra, Queensland

Please confirm if you will be attending so that a representative can greet you upon arrival Alice: alice@kab.org.au or 0416 768 387

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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