Sustainable Communities - Tidy Towns Awards 2021
Environment Finalists

Little River Community Landcare, LITTLE RIVER
Railway Station Garden
This project started in 2011 when it was decided to plant out the Little River railway embankment.

The area was totally bare at the time, and the idea was to plant out the embankment with native and indigenous species to beautify the station precinct, provide habitat for birds, increase biodiversity and encourage local residents to appreciate native plants for their beauty and habitat values.

With the assistance of the local Lions Club, topsoil, mulch and rocks to landscape the embankment were sourced and received funding for the plants.

 

Beechworth Urban Landcare & Sustainability (BULS), BEECHWORTH
Beechworth Bush Botanic Garden
BULS members and near neighbours participated in regular working bees to clear, prepare, plant and contain weed growth using mulch provided by the local Council in an overgrown area.

The outcome three years later is very impressive. Where once you could not walk for debris and weeds, now exist beautifully landscaped beds of over 50 plant species and safe, well-defined pathways.

Signage outlining the project will be installed with individual plant identification signs to come. Colourful mosaics of local bird species have been framed and will be installed by the Beechworth Men’s Shed. A table and seating is being built and will be installed by Beechworth Rotary.

The three local primary schools will be invited to presentations in the garden to enhance their understanding of native plants and regenerative vegetation.

 

Buloke and Northern Grampians Landcare Network, ST ARNAUD & DISTRICT
Connecting our Communities with the Environment
Since late 2019, work of the Buloke and Northern Grampians Landcare Network has been hampered by adverse climatic conditions, bushfires and the COVID pandemic, which all contributed to making on-ground works difficult.

In 2020, the groups planted in excess of 20000 trees, conducted multiple surveys on the regional biodiversity, continued the battle against pests and weeds, fixed erosion scours, removed litter from the waterways and bush, and kept their communities engaged in activities.

 

Hindmarsh Shire Council, DIMBOOLA
Dimboola Visitor Node
The landscape transformation at the new Dimboola Library has been developed by the Hindmarsh Shire Council as the Dimboola Visitor Node and is part of the Wimmera Discovery Trail.

What was once an asphalt carpark, the Node has been transformed into a community space that will act as a refuge during hot summer months. This has provided a green link between the Dimboola business district and the Wimmera River environs.

 

Snape Reserve, DIMBOOLA
Land Restoration for future generations
Snape Reserve was a farm for over 100 years. A committee of volunteers has managed the property since 2003, with their biggest challenge being managing weeds.

Every week, work on eradication is carried out with over 1040 hours of spot spraying the thick areas and hoeing the rest, leading to good control of these problem plants.

A project of reinstating stringybark trees was undertaken with Greening Australia purchasing and planting 12,000 seedlings. The volunteers constructed a kangaroo proof fence to protect the trees prior to planting.

The Committee of Management purchased and planted another 300 Willow Wattle trees.

 

The Wimmera River Improvement Committee, HORSHAM
Langland’s Track
The Wimmera River Improvement Committee has completed the sealing of the Langland’s Track, a 2.5km loop from Horsham’s Anzac Centenary Bridge to the Weir.

The project has meant that people with wheelchairs, mobility scooters and families with prams have been able to enjoy this beautiful part of the river for the first time.

The track has already been well used, particularly through the lockdowns of 2020 when outdoor recreation took on a new importance.

The project has had a major environmental impact and resulted in the re-introduction of water to an ancient billabong that had been blocked off from the river for more than 70 years.

The Committee has also acted to preserve the unique vegetation including Aboriginal scar trees and is engaging in ongoing works to re-vegetate the area.

 

Mangrove Warriors, CRIB POINT
Wall of Wings: Environmental Art Project with Kate Gorringe-Smith
Through ongoing connection with the Westernport Biosphere, the Mangrove Warriors worked alongside Melbourne print artist Kate Gorringe-Smith.

With restrictions still in place for school visitors, Kate guided the students virtually to use print making techniques to each create three prints of a migratory bird.

Open for the month of March, the students’ work was on display alongside international artists at Oak Hill Gallery in Mornington. The exhibition formed part of the environmental art project, ‘The Overwintering Project’, which is aimed at promoting awareness around their most endangered group of birds, migratory shorebirds and their habitats.

The project focused on Westernport Bay as an internally significant migratory shorebirds habitat.

 

Willum Warrain Aboriginal Settlement, HASTINGS
Pun Pun Waterholes
Willum Warrain is an Aboriginal Gathering Place in Hastings. Its name means “home” or “place by the sea” in the local First Nation’s language, Boon Wurrung.

Over the last few years, Willum Warrain has created a series of ephemeral water holes called Pun Puns.

Water flows across an adjacent industrial precinct and a former landfill site to collect at the rear corner of the property which is leased from the Mornington Peninsula Shire.

The Indigenous community has managed these wetlands area over time by reducing introduced aquatic weeds and replacing them with local indigenous species.


Overall 2021 Tidy Town Finalists

  • Beechworth
  • Crib Point
  • Dartmoor
  • Dimboola
  • Hastings
  • Horsham
  • Little River
  • Mt Martha
  • Poowong