Beechworth named the Tidiest of them all!
On Saturday 25 November, we had the pleasure of announcing the overall winner of the Keep Victoria Beautiful 2017 Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities Awards.
Congratulations Beechworth for being named the Tidiest of them all!
Running in Victoria since 1983, the Tidy Towns program sets out to recognise the hard work undertaken by individuals and groups in rural communities, and share these best practices and ideas broadly to continue to improve Victoria’s vibrant rural towns.
The prestigious Dame Phyllis Frost Award, which recognises outstanding achievements of an individual in community participation and environmental protection, was presented to Anne Wilson who is a valued member of the Beechworth Community and has been an active part of the Tidy Towns community since 2007.
Beechworth Tidy Towns Committee also won the Community Action and Leadership (population above 3000) Award and were Highly Commended in the Active Schools category; the Clean Beach/Waterway category; the Environmental Sustainability category; the Protection of the Environment category and the Resource Recovery and Waste Management category.
Victorian Tidy Towns judge Ron Williamson said, “Beechworth is an incredible town surrounded by trees, parklands and historical buildings, making it a popular tourist destination. This year, the dedicated community and volunteers proved themselves worthy of the Tidy Town of the Year Award.
“The town prides itself on being environmentally pro‑active and is supported by hard working community groups. Beechworth Tidy Town Committee’s hard work and commitment is truly outstanding, with the Community having finalists in nearly every category of this year’s program.”
Sabina Wills, Chief Executive Officer, Keep Victoria Beautiful said, “Beechworth is dedicated to growing sustainable practices that protect and enhance Beechworth and the community, and should be extremely proud of their achievements.
“The town has undertaken some exceptional projects, which foster and support not only the community’s growth, but also set a positive environmental legacy for future generations.
“I am honoured to see such a high-calibre of Victorian finalists hailing from every corner of our amazing State, entering this year’s competition.”
This year the program received more than 70 applications from across councils, shires, community groups, schools and individuals.