Central Highlands cleans up
CENTRAL Highlands communities received awards in nine of 12 categories in the 2010 Ergon Energy Tidy Towns Regional Awards, with Tieri named as Central Queensland’s Tidiest Town.
“It is a testament to the hard work put in by everyone involved right across the region that has contributed to these outstanding results,” said Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Peter Maguire.
“From the council staff and volunteers who showed the judges around the towns to the parks and gardens staff that continue to work diligently all year to present our towns so well, they have all done us proud.
“It was fitting that Lawrie and Myra Stanton were singled out for special mention for their ongoing and enthusiastic dedication to the Emerald Botanic Gardens.
“It is great that one of our smaller communities in Rolleston has been recognised for their unique bush spirit. Their strong sense of community and resilience was demonstrated through the floods earlier this year, and it is great for the residents to be acknowledged for the way they handled the situation and looked after each other.
“Capella residents are constantly working hard to preserve and promote their history, and they are worthy winners of the Heritage Award. Their award as friendliest town in Central Queensland is also well deserved.
“Strong partnerships are pivotal to our success, and in Springsure, our collaboration with Xstrata and Corrective Services has paid huge dividends. “In a similar vein, we congratulate Xstrata for the work they do in Tieri that has resulted in the town receiving three awards, including Central Queensland’s Tidiest Town.”
Tieri now becomes a finalist for the state title, to be announced in Mackay on Monday, August 30.
Central Highlands communities also received outstanding achievement awards:
Environmental Protection and Litter Prevention awards went to Emerald;
Friendliest Town and Outdoor Advertising Heritage awards went to Capella;
Bush Spirit Award was shared by Rolleston and Taroom;
Partnerships Award went to Springsure;
and Energy Conservation Champions and Conservation awards were won by Tieri.