National Tidy Towns praise for New Norfolk

NATIONAL judge Dick Olesinski has congratulated New Norfolk on winning two category prizes at the 2010/11 Australian Tidy Towns Awards last weekend. Already the Tasmanian Tidy Town for 2010/11, New Norfolk received the “Heritage and Culture” and “Young Legends” categories at the national awards held in Beechworth, Victoria.

Mr Olesinski said the Derwent Valley Council and the local community had embraced historical conservation programs with enthusiasm. Highlights earning New Norfolk the Heritage and Culture Award included the refurbishment of the colonial Back River Cemetery (a joint venture with the church community, Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club and council) and the Derwent Valley Railway Preservation Society’s work towards re-establishing tourist rail operations.

The Young Legends category win was a result of projects undertaken by the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D’FAT). The refurbishment of the Ellis Dean Reserve and the establishment of several youth attractions provided a large number of young people with the opportunity to engage with, and become integrated into, the wider community.

“The rich history and cultural heritage of New Norfolk is a key source of pride for the local community members and is greatly supported by the Historical Information Centre in New Norfolk,” Mr Olesinski said. “There is also great focus on ensuring the younger community members are engaged in positive activities that help keeps their sense of community spirit strong.”

Keep Australia Beautiful national chairman Don Chambers said it was always a pleasure to be able to recognise and promote the work that many dedicated individuals and wider communities were undertaking to protect and preserve their local environment and history. “Congratulations to the Derwent Valley Council and New Norfolk community who have shown great commitment and leadership in local sustainability practices and education,” Mr Chambers said.

Lithgow in New South Wales won the overall national title of Australia’s Tidiest Town for 2010/11.

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