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    Horsham Tidy Towns committee members Tim Mudford, Neil King, Geraldine Drum and David Eltringham clean up May Park in February.

Eltringham: First impressions count for Tidy Towns success

Horsham’s ‘Tidy Town’ credentials will be under the microscope on Tuesday as Keep Australia Beautiful’s national judge descends on the rural city. 

After winning the Victorian award last year, Horsham is vying for ‘Australia’s Sustainable Community and Tidy Town 2022’ accolade alongside six other towns and communities across the country.

Horsham Tidy Town Committee chair David Eltringham has called on residents to help ensure a great first impression for judge Gail Langley.

“The help of all in our community to present all areas of Horsham city at our very best will be important to make Horsham a winner,” he said.

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“So please clean up and tidy up for May 17.”

Mr Eltringham said he was looking forward to seeing how his home town stacked up against state and territory finalists. 

He said the committee had prepared a competitive program in its quest for the prestigious award, with a wide range of sustainability and community activities contributing to Horsham’s success at state level. 

“When the committee brought forward suggestions of suitable entries for the award categories we had many community options that could have been included,” he said.

Mr Eltringham said committee members had been working with community groups and looked forward to showcasing what Horsham had to offer in meeting Keep Australia Beautiful objectives and offering a healthy lifestyle.

He said although categories and challenges for national award judging differed from those required for Victoria’s Tidy Town Award 2021, the community had much to offer.

“The committee has arranged a full day program for the judge to visit category entrants,” he said. 

“Both Keep Australia Beautiful and Keep Victoria Beautiful are sending additional representation to Horsham, including the newly appointed KVB chief executive, to enjoy and experience what our Horsham community has to offer.”

The judging party will enjoy lunch at Weir Park between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Tuesday. 

Mr Eltringham said community members who wanted to know more about the sustainable communities program could visit the park to talk to Ms Langley and fellow representatives. 

Keep Australia Beautiful will announce Australia’s Sustainable Community and Tidy Town 2022 at a function at Hastings, Victoria, in July.

People can call Mr Eltringham on 0418 147 482 or committee member Neil King, 0414 742 466, for more information about judging day.

Horsham activities submitted for category judging include: Litter Prevention-Waste Prevention: State Schools Litter Prevention Colouring Competition, on display in CBD shop windows, and Adopt a Roadside Litter Clean-up Program by Tidy Towns ‘local hero’ Tim, Horsham’s ‘anti-litter champion’; Resource Recovery: Lids 4 KIDS program by Horsham Rotary, and polyrock soft plastic – recycling Coles car park project; Cultural Heritage: possum cloaks by Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative, and English elms, botanic gardens, by Horsham council; Young Legend: Bart Turgoose, Horsham College; Environmental Sustainability: Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange energy and water conservation, Horsham council; Natural Environment Sustainability: Wimmera River Langlands Track project, Wimmera River Improvement Committee; Community Communication and Engagement: Horsham Tidy Town Facebook page, and ‘Boomerang Bags’ by New Citizens Ladies Conversation Group, Centre for Participation; Community Health, Wellbeing and Interest: Maydale Pavilion at Horsham Showground, Horsham Agricultural Society, and ‘The Patch’ community gardens, Salvation Army.

The entire May 11, 2022 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!