TIDY TOWN OF THE YEAR 2017
Located in Victoria’s north-east, 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.
Beechworth is dedicated to growing sustainable practices that protect and enhance Beechworth and the community, and should be extremely proud of their achievements. Beechworth has undertaken some exceptional projects including the Social Enterprise in Schools program – developed for use in schools and TAFE campuses in Beechworth to encourage entrepreneurship in young people.
The ‘Sandy Beach and Jetty’ project forms part of the continuing story of the beautification of Lake Sambel and continues to be a drawcard for locals and visitors.
Another great project is the ‘Loch Street Drainage’ using special permeable pavers, designed to allow rain and storm-water to seep into the ground, reducing the intensity of storm-water runoff, and improving water quality and tree health.
DAME PHYLLIS FROST RECIPIENT
Anne Wilson is a valued member of the Beechworth Community and has been an active part of the Tidy Towns community since 2007.
Affectionately called ‘Beechworth’s lucky charm’ by the Beechworth Tidy Town community, Anne has been involved in many projects and committees in Beechworth, including the Lake Sambell Committee of Management, Plastic Wise Indigo Shire, Friends of the Burke Museum Committee, a representative on Shire Heritage Advisory Committee and a member of Beechworth Boomerang Bags Committee.
ACTIVE SCHOOLS AWARD
Mildura West Primary School, Sustainability = Taking Action
Every year Mildura West Primary School students learn about sustainability by physically getting out of the classroom and participating in activities that teach them to take care for the environment as well as becoming active within the local community. Activities undertaken this year included rubbish free classrooms, mentoring of younger pupils by older students in good recycling practices, energy and water auditing, using waste material for creative works and making posters and newsletters to spread news of their activities.
Wooragee Primary School, Sustainable Living Project
Beecchworth Tidy Towns Committee, Beechworth Secondary College
CLEAN BEACH/ WATERWAY
Mallee Catchment Management Authority, Hattah Lakes
The Mallee Catchment Management Authority has coordinated the delivery of water to the lakes within the Hattah-Kulkyne National Park over the last three years, providing an important opportunity for native fish to move freely between the lakes and the River Murray.
The environmental watering of Hattah has also raised other issues that are now being addressed through complementary programs designed to further support native and threatened species. This work is vital for the long-term conservation of Victorian flora and fauna.
Beechworth Tidy Towns Committee, Sandy Beach and Jetty – Lake Sambell
COMMUNITY ACTION AND LEADERSHIP (POPULATION 3000 AND BELOW)
Dimboola Town Committee, Enhancing Dimboola Community Liveability
Hindmarsh Shire Council, Dimboola Town Committee and Community have collaborated in a range of projects that have improved the infrastructure and amenities of Dimboola to the benefit of both locals and tourists.
The Dimboola Town Committee and Community, build initiatives that assist in providing economic sustainability to local businesses as well as improving community liveability to its residents.
COMMUNITY ACTION AND LEADERSHIP (POPULATION 3000 AND ABOVE)
Beechworth Tidy Towns Committee, Social Enterprise in Schools
The Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship exists to build a thriving rural Australia through its young people and their communities and have been operating a pilot program in North East Victoria based on a School Program originating from Scotland. The program has been developed for use in schools and TAFE campuses in Beechworth to encourage entrepreneurship in young people. This exciting and innovative program encourages students to set up and manage enterprises. The students learn to develop job sector skills and a positive attitude to ensure a successful and fulfilling future.
Horsham Rural City Council, VO!CES of Wimmera
COMMUNITY GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIPS
Dimboola Town Committee, Riverside Holiday Park Dimboola and Street Scapes
Hindmarsh Shire Council, Dimboola Town Committee and Community have collaborated in a range of projects that have improved the infrastructure and amenities of Dimboola to the benefit of both locals and tourists. Works undertaken include a new community hall and additional street kerbs and guttering. Accommodation at the caravan park continues to improve, with further additions of family units.
Stawell Victoria, Stawell Avenue of Honour
Hastings, The Garden Hastings
Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, Establishment of the Macqueen’s Barber
The Macqueen’s Barber Shop’ project was a collaboration and partnership between the Korumburra District Historical society and Coal Creek Community Park and Museum to renovate a local building where locals and tourists can learn about the story of Lachie Macqueen who established the barber shop in Korumburra. This re-exhibition and refurbishment project has brought together many community members from all age groups and demographics sharing a common goal ‘to be proud of their local history’
Dimboola Town Committee, Dimboola RSL
Horsham Rural City Council, Horsham Urban Landcare
Horsham Urban Landcare strives to build a community for people to learn about self-reliance and sustainability. The group has made a significant impact amongst many residents of the region by running workshops teaching the community about sustainability and to encourage biodiversity. Additionally, the group holds educational film sessions and discussions of topics on how to recycle and reuse.
Beechworth Tidy Towns Committee, Greener Grass Program
Share the Word Design Studio,
Josephine Jones collected nearly 4 tonnes of rubbish from the foreshore, referenced the material found and identified it as being sourced from the local supermarket car park. Josephine convinced the Supermarket to address this problem through cleaning schedules and litter prevention initiatives such as recycle bins. The success of this project increased the protection of the local marine environment and has given the local community pride in knowing they are setting high standards for both prevention and reduction of litter in their community.
PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Strathallen Family Landcare, Creating a haven for Squirrel Gliders
The Strathallen Family Landcare Group was formed in 2010 to encourage all members of the community to share information about insects, animals and plants and a broad range of environmental issues. The group’s major project is “Nest Box building” for Kookaburras and Parrots and endangered Squirrel Gliders. They have made and installed over 300 nest boxes along the Campaspe River Reserve from Rochester to Echuca and are working with the Victorian Government to install 150 boxes along the river through Echuca and the Victoria Park reserve
Beechworth Tidy Towns Committee, Brain Drain – Loch Street Drainage
RESOURCE RECOVERY AND WASTE MANAGEMENT
Horsham Rural City Council, Recycling after a bumper harvest
2016 and 2017 were great harvest years for Horsham. Although this provided economic growth and employment, it also meant an increase in the use of single use plastic bags by farmers to store excess grain. A solution was to collect the bags and granulate them into solid blocks that could then be economically transported for recycling.
Beechworth Tidy Towns Committee, Beechworth Boomerang Bags
Alethea Gulvin (nee Sedgman)
Alethea Sedgman is a dynamic young woman who has personally achieved a great deal and contributes greatly to her community. In 2010 at age 16, Alethea represented Australia at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and won gold in the Women’s Three Position Rifle Shooting event. She also represented Australia at the 2012 London Olympics and 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Following her considerable success at both Olympic and Commonwealth Games shooting events she has become a role model for many of her peers and has been elected to the Horsham Council.