Victoria Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith
Wycheproof Named Top Tidy Town
Victor P Taffa
Wycheproof has been named as the 2012 Tidy Town of the Year at the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria (KABV) Tidy Towns, Sustainable Communities Awards ceremony held last night.
A total of 14 awards were presented at the event which marks the 30th anniversary of the Tidy Towns Awards in Victoria.
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said Wycheproof is a great example of how communities can work together to improve their town’s facilities and use their resources sustainably to create an enriching environment. It is a connected, innovative, passionate and proud town in Victoria’s north east.
“Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities recognise our regional towns for their outstanding community achievements in making their towns more sustainable, tidy and liveable.” Mr. Smith said.
This year’s awards attracted over 50 entries with a total of 163 initiatives and the ceremony was held at the Peninsula Community Theatre in Mornington which was named Tidy Town of the Year in 2011.
Initially focused on anti-littering, the Tidy Towns Awards have grown to encompass thousands of diverse community-led initiatives over the past 30 years.
“This year Bairnsdale has demonstrated outstanding community leadership through its Tipshop project which recycles second-hand resources that would otherwise go to landfill.” Mr. Smith said.
“The Northern Grampians Shire Council has also been rewarded for its leadership in water efficiency, capturing 130 million litres of storm water for re-use.”
As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations and on top of the 14 awards presented, the KABV Gift Fund Committee awarded prizes of $1,500 towards regional community projects that have created new and innovative initiatives.
Recipients were Cape Paterson Resident’s and Ratepayers Association, Orbost, East Gippsland Pride and West End Community Group.
A special mention went to St. Joseph’s Primary School and St. Macartan’s Parish Primary School, each receiving $500 from the KABV Gift Fund Committee.
Two exceptional individuals, both from the Rural City of Wangaratta were honoured this year. Margaret Pullen received the Dame Phyllis Frost Award, which recognises outstanding achievement of an individual who espouses the values of the Awards, and Amanda Roberts was recognised for her work as a young leader at school and in her local community.