GLOUCESTER is in the running to be crowned the State’s tidiest town.
Keep Australia Beautiful recently announced Gloucester as a finalist for the overall Tidy Towns Award at this year’s Tidy Towns - Sustainable Communities Awards in Armidale.
Gloucester will come up against 68 other towns from across regional NSW for the award.
Council’s Sustainability Office Tania Parkinson said the awards focused on several key elements.
“Whether you are a sustainable community, how we reduce litter and environmental projects such as the Tucker Patch are all looked at favourably by the judges,” Ms Parkinson said.
Gloucester was the first town to win the overall Tidy Towns Award and Ms Parkinson said hopes were high the effort could be repeated in 2013. Gloucester is also in the running to win awards in three other categories; the Waste Management and Litter Reduction Award; the Cultural Heritage Award and the Bush Spirit Award.
The waste management award was a submission from the Men’s Shed for work it is doing to help clear local landfill of old mattresses and beds.
The cultural heritage entry was in recognition of the Gloucester Chamber of Commerce and its efforts in celebrating the centenary of rail while the work of the Gloucester Project is in the running for the Bush Spirit Award.
The overall award criteria are assessed on beautification and town pride (30 per cent), environmental initiatives (30 per cent), community partnerships (30 per cent) and communication (10 per cent).
The awards ceremony will be held from November 1 to 3.
- MEMBERS of the Tidy Towns committee were highly impressed by the efforts of the community in sprucing up their gardens for the top tidy street in Gloucester.
“It was really great to see the work and effort people have made this year, the committee was very impressed,” committee president and judge Norma Fisher said.
After assessing each garden it was decided Church St was the winning overall tidy street for 2013.
The Tidy Town committee was impressed with the tidiness of the street, with the variety of businesses and houses along the street complimenting each other.
The tidiest gardens for Gloucester were: 38 and 51 Phillip St; 96 and 98 Hume St; 87 Barrington St; 9 Burch St; 17 Rye Crescent; 4, 25 and 27 Henderson St; 4 Laurie St; 13 Bridge St; 4289 Bucketts Way; 1 Combo St; 51 Moonlight Circuit; 13 Wright Close; 51 and 99 Irrawang Rd.
The tidiest gardens for Barrington were: 1 and 76 Argyle St.
The tidiest businesses were: Harwell Lifts; CE Furniture; Drifta; storage sheds (9 Johnson St).
Special awards were presented to: Memorial Park; Billabong Park; Gloucester Park; Minimbah Gardens (Nita and Barry Hardy).