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Western Australia Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson

Collie Named 2018 Tidy Town For Western Australia

Victor P Taffa

  • Volunteers worked to reopen Collie’s museum
  • Collie River revitalisation, results in improved flow and fewer weeds

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today announced Collie as the 2018 Western Australia Tidy Towns winner.

“Tidy Towns awards harness the good intent which is alive and well in our communities, giving a platform to those campaigning tirelessly for a litter free and sustainable Western Australia.” Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson said.

“Congratulations to Collie on a well-deserved win, Collie residents are clearly very proud of the town they live in and are consistently working hard to make a difference.”

Collie residents worked on a number of significant community initiatives throughout the year including revitalising and reopening the town’s museum, improving the health of the local river and numerous community clean-ups.

At one Rotary Club clean-up, 120 volunteers collected 4.5 tonnes of rubbish.

Restoration of Collie’s museum took a dedicated group of 60 locals, 12 months cleaning, cataloguing, digitising thousands of photos, and repairing and upgrading displays.

Museum reopened in July 2017, and work continues to restore collections and improve accessibility for visitors.

“I welcome the news of Collie being selected as Tidy Town of Western Australia for 2018.” Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said.

“I can remember back in 2005 when Collie first embarked on a program led by a dedicated band of volunteers to tidy up both the surrounds of Collie and the image of Collie itself. It has been very obvious they have been successful, winning the Tidy Town award in 2005 and again for this year.”

Collie also excelled in environmental sustainability, setting up the Collie Weeds and Waterways Advisory Committee to improve the health of the Collie River.

Collie will represent Western Australia at the national Tidy Towns awards in Smithton, Tasmania in April 2019.


Category Winners:

  • Litter Prevention and Waste Management – Port and South Hedland
  • Young Legends – Margaret River
  • Environmental Sustainability – Esperance
  • Environmental Education – Cowaramup
  • Heritage and Culture – Dumbleyung
  • Community Action and Wellbeing – Ravensthorpe/Hopetoun
  • General Appearance – Halls Creek

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