Tidy Towns 2015

AWARD LEVEL: WINNER
APPLICANT: HORSHAM
PROJECT SUMMARY

A long time supporter of KVB, the dedicated community of the central Wimmera town of Horsham was this year rewarded with the title of Tidy Town of the Year 2015, in recognition for their commitment to continuing the beautification and sustainability of their township. The Horsham Tidy Town Committee work year round with community groups and Council to encourage a variety of activities in the area and ran their own awards program, the winners of which represented Horsham in the KVB Tidy Towns Awards.

Throughout 2015, Horsham had particular success in the education and sustainability fields. The Horsham Special School’s ‘Sustainability Practices Project’, addressed sustainability in the design of their school with the use of solar panels, whilst the Wimmera Landcare project educated school students and local residents on wildlife protection strategies. Continuing work by the Wimmera River Improvement Committee, Horsham Rural City Council and local disability support group ‘AXIS WORX’ contributed to the town’s sustainability, recycling and litter management. Local pubs and hotels worked together on preserving the area’s heritage and the annual family fun day ‘Operation 19:14’ celebrated the town’s vibrant community.

The townspeople of Horsham should be incredibly proud of where they live and what they have achieved.

AWARD LEVEL: WINNER
APPLICANT: MARION VORWERK
PROJECT SUMMARY

An active member of the Mildura community, Marion Vorwerk’s dedication to environmental education and sustainability in the Sunraysia region’s urban hub, is extensive and impressive. Environmental Coordinator and science teacher at Mildura West Primary School, Marion has orchestrated a variety of imaginative initiatives to engage young people in the importance of environmental sustainability.

Of particular recognition is Marion’s year 5/6 program at Mildura West Primary School, which she has developed and expanded over several years. The funded project gives students the chance to care and protect local waterways such as Rio Vista Park, Johnson’s Bend and Lake Ranfurly. Marion’s work is testament to her commitment to education, sustainability and Mildura’s future.

CATEGORY: ACTIVE SCHOOLS
AWARD LEVEL: WINNER
APPLICANT: HORSHAM SPECIAL SCHOOL
PROJECT SUMMARY: SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

active-schools-awards-photo-twoHorsham Special School was incredibly successful in addressing sustainability throughout 2015, and in doing so, has been awarded the winner of the Active School Awards.

The have engaged several practices to reduce energy costs such as solar panelling, earth blocks as a form of insulation and have built a sensory courtyard that is entirely managed by the students and produces sustainable fruit, vegetables, herbs, lavender and plants that can be used as natural cleaning products. The students’ produce is sold to the local Lions Club, and the School’s food waste and packaging is all composted or recycled.

 

CATEGORY: CLEAN BEACH AND/OR WATERWAY
AWARD LEVEL: WINNER
APPLICANT: MORNINGTON PENINSULA SHIRE
PROJECT SUMMARY: MANAGING SOURCE POINT POLLUTION IN BUSY AND POPULAR COASTAL TOWN

clean-beaches-mornington-peninsula-image-oneThis initiative was a 12-month pilot project working with food businesses in regions potentially impacting on the stormwater quality of Mornington and Mt Eliza’s creeks and beaches.

An analysis and a survey were completed by 25 per cent of the target businesses in the Mornington region. This covered a cross-section of restaurants, takeaway shops and cafes. The results indicated that knowledge within businesses regarding stormwater is low and that businesses could be a significant contributor to the microbial contamination of stormwater and the popular and beautiful Peninsula beaches. The research highlights the importance of raising awareness within the businesses and identified a significant need for on-site infrastructure improvements.

Following these results, tailored education materials are being developed in collaboration with businesses, to provide regular on-site reminders and visuals for all staff. This project will be used by the Shire to demonstrate justification for ongoing action in targeting potential pollution sources and proactively engaging and educating the community.

CATEGORY: COMMUNITY ACTION (POPULATION OVER 3000)
AWARD LEVEL: WINNER
APPLICANT: RMIT UNIVERSITY OUTR OUTREACH
PROJECT SUMMARY: GET SUN FLOWERED

outr-sunflowers-3More than 100,000 sunflower seeds were planted across five sites in the Latrobe Valley by RMIT University’s ‘Get Sun Flowered’ initiative. The sites utilised were previously unused vacant lands and sunflowers were planted to bring life back into the sites. The purpose of the project was to assist in connecting the community. More than 150 volunteers helped to build the sunflower fields and thousands upon thousands of sunflowers have bloomed across the state. The project helped people in communities to understand that they can be active agents in transforming their own city. The project was about community building, and the sharing of knowledge, skills, resources and ideas.

 

AWARD LEVEL: HIGHLY COMMENDED
APPLICANT: BASS COAST SHIRE COUNCIL
PROJECT SUMMARY: SUSTAINABILITY FESTIVAL

The event was held at the historical coalmine site in Wonthaggi. The sustainability festival is an initiative of the council and local community, aimed at promoting a sustainable community. It is an open free event and includes workshops on a range of topics and there was a recycled and reclaimed materials art show. In 2015, the festival was attended by a number of business and community members who offer sustainable products.

CATEGORY: COMMUNITY ACTION (POPULATION 3000 OR UNDER)
AWARD LEVEL: WINNER
APPLICANT: RUTHERGLEN ROTARY CLUB IN CONJUNCTION WITH LION’S AND APEX
PROJECT SUMMARY: RUTHERGLEN COUNTRY FAIR

ruthergken-ph-3Each year during Rutherglen Winery Walkabout, the Rutherglen Rotary Club runs a country fair which involves a significant amount of community members and volunteers The project is undertaken to involve the community in helping make Rutherglen a great place to visit and live in.

The Rutherglen Country Fair is a project that has been running for many years. Every year it has grown in size, excitement and community participation. Stallholders sell a variety of goods, from fruit and vegetables to craft. There is a famous celebrity grape tread and wine barrel race – that always pulls a great crowd! Local community groups run food stalls and the money raised, together with payments from stallholders, provides finance for various projects that benefit the town’s community.

AWARD LEVEL: HIGHLY COMMENDED
APPLICANT: RUSHWORTH COMMUNITY HOUSE
PROJECT SUMMARY: ANNOUNCING THE RUSHWORTH COMMUNITY

Rushworth community members recognise that there is an extreme threat from bushfire in their region. Hence, Rushworth Community House developed the Rushworth TPP. The Plan won the State Fire Awareness Awards for its initiative, quality and detailed local relevance. Rushworth Community House also took the lead to commission a public address system that can be used to keep residents up to date about any emergency that threatens the town.

CATEGORY: COMMUNITY GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIPS
AWARD LEVEL: WINNER
APPLICANT: MORNINGTON PENINSULA SHIRE
PROJECT SUMMARY: FRESH FOOD PROGRAM

mornington-peninsual-fresh-food-program-ph-1The Southern Peninsula Fresh Food Program works with SecondBite to provide fresh food on the Southern Mornington Peninsula. The program delivers two services: fresh food deliveries to agencies and fresh food deliveries to the wider community.

SecondBite is committed to making a positive difference by identifying sources of nutritious surplus fresh food and produce that might otherwise go to waste, and facilitating its safe and timely distribution to agencies and people in need. Over three tonnes of fresh food is currently being delivered to the Rosebud area via the Second Bite program, in partnership with Southern Peninsula Community Information and Support Centre.

The Fresh Food Program caters for the needs of people who are experiencing first hand front line food poverty. Without the program, most people it delivers to would go without a daily meal.

CATEGORY: CULTURAL HERITAGE
AWARD LEVEL: WINNER
APPLICANT: AUSTRALIAN BOTANIC GARDENS SHEPPARTON SPECIAL COMMITTEE (ABGSC) & LOCAL INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY
PROJECT SUMMARY: THE TERRACE GARDEN

terrace-garden-1To depict the story of change over time, the ABGSC and Shepparton’s local indigenous community partnered to design and create the Terrace Garden. The garden is presented chronologically, with different pathways showcasing varying Indigenous cauldrons of plant species that represent the changes that have occurred over the centuries in Australian flora and humanity.

It is a sensitive environmental design that combines natural materials, recycled objects and native plant species. It provides an outdoor gathering and learning space with room to weave and create artefacts from plant materials growing in this garden.

 

AWARD LEVEL: HIGHLY COMMENDED
APPLICANT: VICTORIA MARITIME CENTRE
PROJECT SUMMARY: “THE OTAMA’ PROJECT”

In a large addition to the Victoria Maritime Centre’s developing naval exhibition, the volunteer based organisation – in conjunction with several other state organisations, purchased the HMAS Otama, a Scottish built 1980s submarine used by the Australian Navy throughout the 1980s.

The exhibition aims to educate the public on Australian maritime history, and the jobs it create will hopefully benefit the region youth, some of who suffer from drug, alcohol and unemployment difficulties.

CATEGORY: ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABLITY
AWARD LEVEL: WINNER
APPLICANT: SUNRAYSIA SUSTAINABILITY NETWORK (SSN) IN CONJUNCTION WITH MILDURA RURAL CITY COUNCIL
PROJECT SUMMARY: MILDURA ECO VILLAGE

sunraysia-3The Mildura Eco Village (MEV) is the product of over five years of community consultation led by the SSN with the support of MRCC. It is a staged program with the aim of assisting the Sunraysia community to move toward a more sustainable future. The MEV offers the Sunraysia community a unique opportunity to access and draw inspiration from an interconnected series of facilities, education activities and amenities designed to show how a world of reduced resource availability can actually increase personal and community life.

As further funding becomes available, the Village will expand to include: a food centre, an earth built pavilion for the community garden, permaculture demonstration and a community mud brick yard.

Congratulations to the entire community of Mildura for proving to Victoria that sustainable design concepts are not impossible, but are well within our grasp!

AWARD LEVEL: HIGHLY COMMENDED
APPLICANT: RUTHERGLEN LANDCARE AND NORTH EAST CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY
PROJECT SUMMARY: PROTECTING THE BROLGAS IN RUTHERGLEN AND DISTRICT

Brolgas are beautiful birds, and Rutherglen’s local community is doing all it can to recognise this fact. Local businesses and community groups have begun stage one of their brolga protection plan, which involves monitoring and gather information on the species habits and numbers in the region.

CATEGORY: LITTER PREVENTION
AWARD LEVEL: WINNER
APPLICANT: MORNINGTON PENINSULA SHIRE
PROJECT SUMMARY: CLEANING UP BALLAR CREEK

Ballar Creek commences its travel to Port Phillip Bay immediately below the Mount Eliza Village shopping precinct. With a history of large volumes of stormwater runoff coming from commercial areas and carparks, significant amounts of rubbish, debris, vegetation, bricks, sediment etc, flow into the Creek, ending up in the Bay. The large pollution load has had a significant effect on destroying the local creek environment and damaging the Bay.

As part of Mornington Peninsula’s Local Integrated Drainage Strategy a major contract was implemented in 2014 to mitigate flooding of Mount Eliza Village. This included the highly anticipated installation of Australia’s first SPEL Bafflebox which is a Gross Pollutant Trap (GPT) designed to protect Ballar Creek from pollution overload.

The Bafflebox includes clear panels in the lid to view its operation, providing community interaction. An information sign has been installed to explain how it works. There has been a lot of excitement and interest from the local community, other councils and authorities as to its design, operation and effectiveness.

AWARD LEVEL: WINNER
APPLICANT: BEECHWORTH URBAN LANDCARE AND BEECHWORTH COMMUNITY
PROJECT SUMMARY: UPPER SPRING CREEK PROJECT

Over 100 Beechworth Urban Landcare members and their families, and Community volunteers have been involved and close to 1000 hours dedicated to restore the creek’s banks local flora and fauna. Indigo Shire Council provided support by funding National Tree Day.

Community workers provided immense support aiding maintenance and removal of debris and rubbish from the site, and BULS members and family help with intermittent weeding and plantings. Over 2000 indigenous trees, shrubs, grasses, sedges and ground covers have been planted.

The project is ongoing with the intention to restore approximately 1km of the riparian vegetation in the upper Spring Creek area with the aim to reduce the spread of weeds downstream, erosion of the creek banks resulting in stream health.

AWARD LEVEL: HIGHLY COMMENDED
APPLICANT: AUSTRALIAN BOTANIC GARDENS SPECIAL COMMITTEE AND FRIENDS
PROJECT SUMMARY: KIALLA LANDFILL TO BOTANIC GARDEN

In 2015 the ABGS and friends transformed the long disused Kialla Landfill site to a community friendly bike track and botanic gardens.

This has been a massive ongoing project with the initial development funded by the Greater Shepparton City Council with a grant of $50,000 to the ABGS Section 86 committee each year since 2011. Funds have enabled concept developments, garden plans, purchasing equipment, establishment of brick paths through bushland areas, completion of the terrace food garden, part development of the lower level indigenous weaving garden and part development of the west end winding track gardens.

CATEGORY: YOUNG LEADERS (INDIVIDUALS BELOW 30 YEARS OF AGE)
AWARD LEVEL: WINNER
APPLICANT: CORRINE ANTONOFF
PROJECT SUMMARY: MAKING THE COMMUNITY MORE YOUTH FRIENDLY

corrine-1As a member of the Wangaratta Municipality, Corinne has been involved in a variety of community activities which she undertakes both to contribute to the community and to further develop her own abilities. As a young person living in a rural community she experiences firsthand some of the problems impacting young people living in a fairly isolated setting like Wangaratta.

Currently Corinne is in her second term on the Rural City Of Wangaratta Youth Council, this year as Deputy Youth Mayor. Youth council provides a great opportunity to positively impact Wangaratta Council’s policies and the wider community, improving them for young people. Youth council is proactive in consultation with Wangaratta youth and the delivery of relevant programs as well as the formulation of policies and projects to address those issues identified by youth.

Corrine has been involved in a variety of programs that work to help Wangaratta’s youth, she is a light in the community and worth emulating!

AWARD LEVEL: HIGHLY COMMENDNED
APPLICANT: LUKE REARDON
PROJECT SUMMARY: SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP

Luke is currently the College Vice Captain at Western Port Secondary College. He has also been the Sustainability Captain for 3 years and coordinates the Environment Team. Luke has built a strong Sustainability Team. A 12 month environment calendar ensures that the school participates in all significant sustainability events. He was instrumental in his college attaining its reaccreditation as a 5 star sustainable school.

CATEGORY: KVB GRANTS
APPLICANT: DUNKELD KINDERGARTEN
PROJECT SUMMARY: CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA

Since 2013, Dunkeld Kindergarten’s ‘Bush Program’ has been working in collaboration with Parks Victoria to educate its pupils about the bush and its native flora and fauna. The children are also engaging with indigenous perspectives of the land in order to appreciate its cultural history.

APPLICANT: JOSIE JONES
PROJECT SUMMARY: IF YOU SEE IT, PICK IT UP

Josie created a campaign called the ‘One Tonne Challenge’, in which she collects and documents the pattern of litter found at Port Phillip Bay foreshore. Every morning, Josie documents the rubbish she collects walking – and she has already collected more than one tonne of litter. She is encouraging others to take up her mantra ‘if you see it, pick it up’, a cause Keep Victoria Beautiful is more than willing to support.

APPLICANT: DIMBOOLA MEMORIAL COLLEGE VCAL STUDENTS
PROJECT SUMMARY: GARDEN RESTORATION

The entirety of Dimboola Memorial College is benefiting from its VCAL students tireless effort to restore the school’s garden beds. Their work involves tidying, cleaning and replanting areas within school, which provides students with a pleasant environment and lifts overall moral and school pride.

APPLICANT: AUSTRALIAN BOTANIC GARDENS SHEPPARTON SPECIAL COMMITTEE
PROJECT SUMMARY: SEATING FOR TERRACE

The Old Kialla Tip has been transformed into an Australian Botanic Garden, full of native plants. The top of the old tip has been made into a pleasant walkway for visitors to enjoy. Keep Victoria Beautiful is happy to support the purchasing of seating so that people can rest and enjoy the peaceful view.