New Norfolk wins Tidy Towns title

NEW Norfolk is in the running to be named Australia’s tidiest town after winning the 2010 Tasmanian Tidy Towns Award on Friday. Making the announcement at the Keep Australia Beautiful awards lunch at Richmond, judge Barrie Muir said New Norfolk had been recognised as a “valued and sustainable community town.”

“New Norfolk prides itself on providing a caring and attractive environment for its residents and visitors,” Mr Muir said. “It has a very strong Tidy Towns Committee that enjoys a positive relationship with the Derwent Valley Council.  Importantly, the [chairman] has been extremely active in involving community groups in the committee’s activities, which has produced encouraging results. Also worthy of note is the town’s relationship with Norske Skog Boyer which has been very beneficial.”

New Norfolk and other Derwent Valley communities have previously won Tidy Town category awards but this is the first time the municipality has won the state prize. Judging for the national award is expected to be undertaken shortly.

The Derwent Valley Council’s Tidy Towns Committee will receive a perpetual trophy and $2000 in recognition of the state title. The award is a welcome boost for the town, already bringing welcome positive media attention, including a page in today’s issue of the Mercury. Its online version can be accessed here.

The Tasmanian Tidy Towns program is run by the Keep Australia Beautiful Tasmania Council, with support from the State Government and the Packaging Stewardship Forum. In recent years Tidy Towns has developed from simply an anti-litter program to one that touches on every aspect of community life, both environmental and social, with the over-riding emphasis on sustainability.

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