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27 November 2017

Beechworth wins Victorian Tidy Towns award - again

Beechworth has once again won the Victorian Overall Tidy Towns award for 2017, which was announced at an awards event in Horsham on Saturday night.

Indigo Shire Mayor Cr Jenny O'Connor was full of praise for Beechworth and the manner in which it was showcased for the awards.

"Beechworth has much to be proud of and it has been recognised, again, with this award. Beechworth won this award in 2014, and then twice in a row in 2009 and 2010, before going on to win the national award in Canberra in 2010," Cr O'Connor said.

"Beechworth's involvement and the recognition our town has received over many years is testament to our wonderfully proactive and proud community members who both participate in the awards and organise our entries."

Cr O'Connor acknowledged the hard work of the community group that compiled the town's application.

"This group of people has an abundance of enthusiasm for the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards and every year they pull together our application," Cr O'Connor said.

"Iris Mannik in particular deserves high praise. She has been a driving force in collating our entry for 24 years, ably helped by Ann Wilson for the past 14 years and also Jill Jarvis-Wills in recent years.

"They never tire and their commitment to celebrating our town and community is to be applauded."

Cr O'Connor said that since their inception in 1968, the awards had grown from being a simple anti-litter campaign to a nationally recognised program encouraging projects as varied as preserving heritage, saving water and energy, community action and leadership.

"The long-term behavioural change across communities brought about by these awards allows us to build better communities year by year, and encourages us to tread lightly on our landscape."

Beechworth will now go forward to the national awards early next year.


For further information:
Contact Cr Jenny O'Connor, 0417 126 409
Phone Iris Mannik, 0457 431 933