Beechworth voted Tidy Town of the Year
Keep Victoria Beautiful (KVB) has announced Beechworth as the overall winner of the Keep Victoria Beautiful 2019 Tidy Towns Awards, at an event held at Dimboola Memorial College on Saturday 26 October 2019.
Running in Victoria since 1983, the Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities Awards program sets out to recognise and celebrate positive actions taken by communities in regional Victoria to protect and enhance their local environments. The Awards encompass initiatives as diverse as litter prevention, recycling, protection of the environment, preserving heritage, community action and leadership and environmental sustainability programs.
In 2019, the awards are funded by the Victorian Government through the Community Support Fund, and are proudly supported by Coopers Brewery and Grampians Central West, Resource and Recovery Group.
The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Solar Homes said the Tidy Towns Awards program is a fantastic, grassroots initiative which engages the community in projects that make a substantial difference to the environment and social fabric.
“Foundational, active community engagement is key to long-term progress towards larger goals such as protection of the environment, establishing a circular economy, and recognition and preservation of culture,” commented Minister D’Ambrosio.
“The program is an effective and invaluable means to recognise our volunteer communities, the importance of the work they do and encourage others to get involved.”
The prestigious Young Leaders Award, which recognises a group or individual aged 25 years or younger who has shown outstanding commitment in taking action in environmental and community initiatives benefiting communities, was presented to Tom Dunn, a record setting ultra-endurance athlete who has raised over $100,000 for charity through his travels.
“The Young Leaders Award provides an opportunity for young people who care about the environment, sustainability and community to shine and be recognised. They bring to our attention the up and coming young people who are making a difference. These young individuals are future leaders who influence their peers and community,” said Sabina Wills, KVB CEO.
Beechworth also won the Clean Beaches and Waterways Award and the Community Action and Leadership Award (Population over 3000). They were also Highly Commended for the Community Government Partnership Award, and for two entries in the Cultural Heritage Award.
Dick Gross, KVB Chair explained that the projects celebrated through these awards would not be possible without committed volunteers and important partnerships established with local councils.
“These awards highlight the proud sense of community shown by everyone involved,” added Mr Gross.
“All the entrants in this year’s Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities are the best! I hail their dedication and commitment to a sustainable, liveable future for all Victorians.”
This year, the program received more than 80 applications from across councils, community groups, schools and individuals. The winners’ book will be available at www.kvb.org.au