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Kyogle wins Australian Tidy Town award

KYOGLE has won the Young Legends category award at the 2012 Australian Tidy Towns Awards

The announcement was made at the national awards ceremony and Vice Regal Reception hosted by the Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce, at her Yarralumla residence in Canberra today.

Kyogle was also commended for its efforts in the 'Dame Phyllis Frost' Litter Prevention and Environmental Innovation & Protection categories.

According to the Australian Tidy Towns Judge, Dick Olesinski, Kyogle's community encompasses a diverse range of projects that demonstrate the community's commitment to Tidy Towns and other related environmental and beautification programs.

"Kyogle's Tidy Towns Committee continues to deliver active and enthusiastic promotion of the town, providing infrastructure and support of community activities," he said.

"The group has a committed approach to the program, and their partnerships with council, service groups, schools and businesses are paramount to their success.

"Environmental awareness and education programs are an integral part of education within the Kyogle community, and students are actively involved in a number of activities and partnerships. The community's focus on practical education to promote sustainable development, as well as leadership and awards programs, offers youth the opportunity to learn about the environment in a fun and hands on learning style."

He went on to say Kyogle's strong commitment to litter prevention was demonstrated through its positive litter control strategies and the community's commitment to keeping Kyogle litter-free and reducing the amount of waste in landfill.

"The community of Kyogle is also focused on the protection of surrounding World Heritage National Parks and quality agricultural land. Through innovation and excellence, it has developed a number of projects that have enabled the town to become more sustainable and provide access, conservation and ingenuity to the local community," he said.

Projects include community school food gardens, partnerships with numerous Landcare initiatives and community climate change workshops.

Page MP Janelle Saffin praised Kyogle Tidy Towns Chair Ian Judd and his committee on being the New South Wales finalist for the overall Tidy Towns Award, which was won by Caloundra on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

"I have been closely following Kyogle Tidy Towns' progress through these prestigious awards, and for a rural town with an estimated population of 2800 residents, the Kyogle community really punches above its weight against much larger regional centres interstate," she said.

"Kyogle Tidy Towns is a very well organised group, is committed to the Tidy Towns Program and partners with its local community to promote sustainability and environmental protection. The way it embraces the town's young people has been recognised with the Young Legends Category Award."

Chair of the Keep Australia Beautiful National Association, Don Chambers, said the Tidy Towns awards provide the opportunity for communities across Australia to be given recognition for their commitment to improving and maintaining the local environment.

"Taking personal responsibility is the DNA of Keep Australia Beautiful," he said.

"Congratulations to each of the finalists and indeed all entrants in this year's awards. Your efforts as custodians of your local community helps to make a real and positive difference in protecting the Australian environment that we all love."

Topics:  award, kyogle, tidy towns




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