Grants and awards Environment and Water | November 03, 2016

Kealy congratulates Tidy Towns Award winners

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP has congratulated in Parliament all local winners and finalists in the 2016 Keep Victoria Beautiful Tidy Towns Awards.

“It was a privilege to attend the Tidy Towns Awards night in Horsham and witness so many of our local individuals and organisations being recognised for the outstanding contribution they make to the community”, Ms Kealy said.

“We should all be very proud that Horsham is Victoria’s Tidy Town of the Year for the second year running – a truly amazing achievement.

“It is a team effort to win Tidy Town of the Year and I congratulate Chairperson Gillian Vanderwaal, outgoing Chair Don Johns, Horsham Rural City Council and the many volunteers, groups, schools and organisations that contributed to winning of this prestigious award.

“My congratulations also to Dartmoor and Dimboola, both finalists in the Tidy Town of the Year category, and to other award winners:

-          Dalton Cross, winner of the Young Leaders Award;

-          Dimboola Warreguk Dragon Boat Club on winning the Clean Beach/Waterway Award;

-          the Horsham Christian Emergency Food Centre on winning the Resource Recovery and Waste Management category;

-          the Horsham Fishing Competition Incorporated Committee on their Highly Commended award in the Litter Prevention category; and

-          the Hindmarsh Shire Council, Town Committee and Volunteers on their Highly Commended award in the Community Government Partnerships category

“Thank you to everyone including the many volunteers who helped our great region achieve these wonderful results and who continue to promote the pride, environmental awareness and ongoing sustainability of our local communities.

“Our city counterparts can, at times, suggest that our farming communities lack environmental awareness. Awards such as these prove the opposite and we should be proud of how environmentally aware and sustainable our communities are,” she said.

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