Reward for tidy towns

Judges and entrants at the 2013 Central Wheatbelt and Goldfields Regional Awards ceremony.
Judges and entrants at the 2013 Central Wheatbelt and Goldfields Regional Awards ceremony.

The town claimed the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Central Wheatbelt and Goldfields Region title at a ceremony at the York Recreation Centre on September 20.

York Tidy Towns committee hosted the event and was recognised with two awards ” the Heritage and Culture category and the Young Legends category.

Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA chairman Mel Hay said Toodyay was a beautiful heritage town and its residents worked tirelessly to keep it litter free.

‘Toodyay has more than 500 volunteers and 40 groups that are focused on litter prevention and conservation of the natural environment,’ Mr Hay said.

‘The Toodyay Tidy Towns committee is well-organised and fundamental to its success.’

As part of the Keep Australia Beautiful’s Adopt-a-Spot program, 16 community groups have committed to keeping specific areas free of litter, including placing recognisable signage at each site.

‘Toodyay is a deserving winner of the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Central Wheatbelt and Goldfields title,’ Mr Hay said.

At the opening of the event, Central Wheatbelt MP Mia Davies said she had enormous admiration for those people who volunteered their time to take part in the competition each year.

Ms Davies congratulated York on its success after it re-entered the competition after a several year hiatus.

‘York was recognised in the Heritage and Culture category and the Young Legends category, a tip to the old and the new in the town,’ she said.

Shire of York president Tony Boyle said the town’s commitment to the initiative would improve each year.

‘The way the volunteers have worked together has lifted the whole look of the town,’ Mr Boyle said.

Toodyay will now compete for the state title next month.