Kyogle in lap of the judges
KYOGLE residents will have to wait until May 8 to find out whether their town is the tidiest in the nation following yesterday's judging for the National Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities awards.
Following its win in the State awards in November, the town is competing against other top-prize winners from each State and the Northern Territory for the national award.
National Tidy Towns judge Dick Olesinski is the man with the difficult task of separating the entrants.
"I think today's schedule that was put together certainly ensured that all the boxes have been ticked relating to the national criteria," he said.
"I think Kyogle demonstrated just how a community and a council can work together for the overall benefit of a fantastic part of Australia."
As part of his guided tour of the town Mr Olesinski visited the Kyogle High School and saw the school's Youth Environment Council.
He also visited local businesses as well as Kyogle Council's hydroponic water treatment facility and the rehabilitated site of a former quarry.
"We wanted to focus on our water management, our energy management and the biodiversity within the town," Kyogle Tidy Towns Committee chairman Ian Judd said.
"What is going to separate us from all the other great towns around the nation is that Kyogle demonstrates integrity.
"We are a country town and have values that hold true for Australians and with a bit of luck we will take out the big one."