Judy Edwards

Judy Edwards

Former Minister for the Environment; Science

    Collie wins State Tidy Towns title

    25/11/2005 12:00 AM

    The South-West town of Collie has won the State-wide award at this year’s Tidy Town awards.

    Collie was earlier named the regional winner for the South-West, while eight other communities received awards as their regions’ Tidy Towns winners.

    Environment Minister Judy Edwards said the awards program, run by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council and the Department of Environment, was one of the Government’s most effective programs for helping regional and rural Western Australians protect their local environment.

    “A Tidy Town is one that is not only litter-free and aesthetically pleasing, but also protects and enhances its natural and cultural heritage, actively engages youth, develops environmental innovations and above all, fosters a sense of community,” Dr Edwards said.

    “The submission from Collie was outstanding in this regard.

    “This year, Collie developed a strong program to revitalise the town’s appearance, while addressing key social, environmental and cultural concerns.”

    Initiatives included school programs such as tree planting and composting, participation in Clean Up Australia Day and National Tree Day, as well as industry and community-based initiatives focused on recycling, restoration, and reuse.

    For example, the bowling club carted one tonne of newspaper a week for reuse in soil treatment, the new Collie Weed Action Group introduced community training and a local person started ‘recycling’ native grass trees.

    “Collie’s success is a measure of the commitment of at least 60 community groups which brought passion and enormous effort to the Tidy Towns program,” the Minister said.

    “This commitment has made Collie one of the finest Tidy Towns winners the State has seen.

    “The quality of the work exemplified the high quality of entrants this year who demonstrated that we can all make a difference - both through our individual efforts and by motivating others.”

    Collie will go on to represent WA in the national Tidy Towns titles in Brisbane in April 2006.

    The State judging panel was so impressed with another regional winner - Kambalda - they gave them a special commendation.

    “Kambalda has seen an extraordinary improvement in the past 12 months and the special commendation is an encouragement from the panel for the town to go further next year,” Dr Edwards said.

    The regional winners were:

    Goldfields - Kambalda Gascoyne - Exmouth Peel - Cuballing
    Pilbara - Tom Price Mid-West - Dandaragan South-West - Collie
    Kimberley - Bidyadanga Wheatbelt - Goomalling Great Southern - Albany

    Minister's office: 9220 5050