Tidy Towns Sustainable Communties
Tidy Towns Sustainable Communties is an annual awards program that acknowledges regional communities who foster sustainable behaviours and a litter-free environment.
According to Keep Australia Beautiful National (who manage the Australian Tidy Towns awards) over 1,000 communities and 90,000 volunteers engage in the Tidy Towns competition each year with projects contributing over $100 million in volunteer labour.
In Western Australia Tidy Towns entrants are eligible to win awards at regional, state and national levels. Please see the side tabs for comprehensive information on the program, past entrants and the 2014 timeline.
Three Springs has taken out the first regional Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities title for 2014.
Three Springs representatives received the top regional award
The new Three Springs mural
Keep Australia Beautiful WA chairman Mel Hay said Three Springs had performed well across all categories to win the Midwest-Gascoyne regional title which was announced in Guilderton today.
“The Three Springs community has a vision to integrate environmental protection, social advancement and economic sustainability through impressive partnerships between its shire, industry, businesses, service groups and schools,” he said.
“We congratulate the Three Springs community for its approach to preserving its history as well as planning for the future.
“The community is creating opportunities to bring tourism to the town, looking after the natural environment and adopting a revitalisation plan.”
The judges praised Three Springs for engaging its community in several successful projects including restoring heritage-listed Duffy’s store, beautifying the town’s main street and upgrading the bridge which links Three Springs with Perenjori.
They also were impressed with Three Springs’ innovative mine site lookout which has been built at an old waste dump at Imerys Talc Mine. With 360-degree views of the local countryside, the lookout has new interpretive signs and is fully fenced for public safety.
This year’s Midwest-Gascoyne category winners are:
Special commendations were also awarded to Cervantes Ratepayers & Progress Association, Coral Bay Progress Association and Central Midlands Senior High School’s Heather Smith, who was congratulated for her outstanding leadership in sustainable behaviour education.
Three Springs will compete with other regional winners, yet to be announced, for the overall WA Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities title in November.
Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities is a Keep Australia Beautiful program. The Department of Environment Regulation provides administrative, logistical and policy support to KAB WA. This program is supported by the Waste Authority through the Landfill Levy Fund and sponsored by West Australian Regional Newspapers, the Department of Regional Development, Cliffs Natural Resources and the Water Corporation.
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