ASSESSOR Moira Ryan will visit Gloucester and Stratford this week as the annual Keep NSW Beautiful Tidy Towns Awards get underway in earnest.
Ms Ryan will be in town this Wednesday and Thursday, August 6 to 7 with Stratford in the running for the Environmental Education Award and Gloucester vying for the overall award along with seven other categories.
Gloucester has submitted entries in the Community Actions and Partnerships; Conservation Partnerships; Cultural Heritage; Sustainable Business; Waste Management; Water Conservation; and Young Legends categories.
Tidy Towns is the flagship program of Keep NSW Beautiful, running since 1981 to foster group and individual endeavours that protect, preserve and enhance local environments and contribute to local pride.
“The Gloucester region has a strong history of success in the competition,” Keep NSW Beautiful chief executive David Imrie said.
“We’re proud of their achievements and have our fingers crossed for both Gloucester and Stratford in this year’s Tidy Towns Awards.”
Gloucester won the overall award for their population category last year and also received the Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Award, the Waste Management and Litter Reduction Award and the Cultural Heritage Award.
Last year the overall award was won by Nundle, a town with a population of 280.
The overall award addresses the entire spectrum of sustainability and is the highest accolade of the 11 different award categories in the competition.
Tidy Towns honours volunteers who give up their time to participate in the program.
The judging process involves the assessor reports sent back to an expert team of judges who score each entry against standard criteria to keep the competition fair and equal.
This year’s awards weekend will take place in Nundle from November 7 to 9.