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The Gloucester Tidy Towns Committee is a committee of Council that promotes the general beautification of the Gloucester Shire.
The committee investigates and undertakes small scale projects that promote the image of the town and surrounding villages. Projects are often entered into the annual Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Town Awards program. For further information visit KAB NSW.
The committee is calling for representatives from all community groups and individuals that are interested in the general beautification of the Shire to attend our monthly meetings, scheduled for every fourth (4th) Wednesday of each month in Council's Committee Room.
After months of preparation, assessing and judging the winners of the highly anticipated Tidy Towns Awards have been announced at an awards ceremony held in Nundle.
Gloucester residents left with big smiles on their faces as they took home the prestigious NSW Overall Tidy Town Award, along with a raft of other awards recognising the town’s achievements in fostering sustainability within the Gloucester community.
The coveted NSW Overall Tidy Town Award goes to the Town which combines innovation and community spirit to make their local natural and built environment the best it can be, and most effectively the community pools its resources to preserve the environment with long-term sustainable outcomes.
Along with the NSW Overall Tidy Town Award Gloucester leaves the three-day celebrations with the Water Conservation Award, The Australian Packaging Covenant Waste Management Award, and the Office of Environment and Heritage Cultural Heritage Award.
Local business Drifta Camping and Trailer Kitchens took out the Sustainable Business Award, and Gloucester local Ryan Yates received the Young Legends Award.
Tidy Towns awards are divided into six population categories to keep competition between equally sized towns. Gloucester’s laurels were awarded within Population Category C, for mid-sized towns.
Some of Gloucester’s winning features included the way that citizens had embraced their heritage, and established partnerships between volunteer groups, Council and business for collaboration on managing its natural resources.
The community’s careful tracking of energy and water consumption through membership of ‘Planet Footprint’ contributed to Gloucester’s Overall win, while the ‘Conserving the Barrington River’ project, ‘PLASBACK’ Recycled silage wrap project and the Gloucester Centenary Show were each individually recognised.
Tidy Towns began in 1981, when Gloucester itself was the first town to win the Overall title in the program’s very first year – it hasn’t been awarded the Overall title again until now.
Now the largest sustainability program for regional NSW, Tidy Towns is more than just a beauty pageant. The program celebrates town pride and community spirit, while fostering environmental initiatives which support the economic, social and environmental sustainability of country towns.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott congratulated the winners, saying, “These awards recognise the work of people in rural and regional communities to conserve their local environment.
View letter from Prime Minister Tony Abbott here. (PDF 598.5KB)
“Keep NSW Beautiful inspires countless Australians to roll up their sleeves and do their bit to make their communities a better place".
“The Australian Government shares this focus on delivering community-led projects to support practical, grassroots environmental and conservation activities.”
CEO of KNSWB, David Imrie, said “I’d like to congratulate Gloucester for their achievements.
“The Tidy Towns weekend is one of the highlights of our calendar.
“Working with regional communities is an important part of our work in promoting sustainability and reducing litter in NSW, and the celebrations are a fantastic way for towns across NSW to foster community spirit, show pride in their local environment and gain a valuable insight into what other towns are doing in terms of sustainability.”
The small town of Nundle, who won last year’s Overall NSW Tidy Town Award, doubled its population over the weekend as Tidy Towners from all over the state gathered to celebrate the Awards.
Despite the competitive nature of the program, the Awards Weekend is also a time for celebration and a great show of community spirit for regional NSW towns.