Mornington Tops Tidy Towns

Mornington Tops Tidy Towns

Victoria Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith

Top Tidy Towns for 2011

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith today congratulated the Victorian town of Mornington for winning the 2011 Tidy Town of the Year Award.

“This award recognises all those individuals, community groups and the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council who has worked tirelessly to make their community a better place in which to live, work and play.” Mr. Smith said.

“Mornington won this award for a number of exciting sustainability initiatives that engaged, educated and entertained the community, along with its on-going commitment to preserve and enhance the region’s coastline.”

Member for Mornington David Morris said the Mornington community was now recognised throughout Victoria as a place where sustainability held pride of place.

 

“The award reflects the high priority the Council and the community place on sustainability, waste minimisation and protection of the coast.” Mr. Morris said.

“Mornington has a long and proud history of environmental protection, and a community that really cares about our town. The award recognises the work of the many people who make Mornington such a great place to live.”

Mr. Smith made special mention of the Carisbrook Lions Club which won a Community Action Award for its efforts following the floods in the town early this year.

“Three-quarters of the homes in this small community were affected by floodwaters in January and the local Lions Club volunteers did an amazing job by setting up a mobile kitchen and providing meals for residents for 35 days.” Mr. Smith said.

Mr. Smith said 53 individual entrants and 188 initiatives were received in 2011.

“The Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards is an iconic program that has been warmly embraced by Victorians for almost 30 years.” Mr. Smith said.

“The quality of this year’s entries once again confirms the commitment of Victorian communities to forging a more sustainable future for our state and demonstrates how everyday actions can make a difference to our environment.”

Entries for the 2012 Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Awards will open in January 2012.

Mornington, as the winner of the 2011 Tidy Town of the Year, will host next year’s awards ceremony.