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Westbury has been named the Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) Tasmanian Tidy Town for 2014.

The other major awards were presented at a function in Sheffield today (24 October 2014) to Launceston (KAB Tasmania Sustainable Cities Award) and Richardsons Beach on the Freycinet Peninsula (KAB Tasmania Clean Beach Award).

Judge Barrie Muir said Westbury was a town with a very caring community that takes enormous pride in what it does.

“It listens to the views of its younger members, meets its environmental challenges head-on via committed individuals and groups and has given a new meaning to the word recycling,” he said.

“It is a town with a very rich historical background.  One notices some reference to or evidence of the town’s history in so many parts of the town. 

“Westbury also places a priority on health and wellbeing with many excellent sporting venues and club facilities, including a Men’s Shed, an outstanding community garden and a very active garden club.

“Westbury is a town which, through its enthusiasm, its obvious understanding of sustainability and its excellent community spirit deserves any success which it may achieve.”

Mr Muir said Launceston, the winner of the KAB Tasmania
Sustainable Cities Award, had won the award previously, but had not “rested on its laurels” following past successes.

“The elected and employed personnel on the council have demonstrated that they care very much about the job they are doing,” he said.

“Launceston is home to so many “friends of” groups that give their time frequently and willingly to rejuvenate, rehabilitate and reinvigorate the environment.

“Assessing energy and water conservation and matters associated with all aspects of waste management, the Launceston City Council not only leads by example but helps and encourages its communities to follow its lead.

“Launceston is also a city that cares deeply about its history and looks for new ways to share this with residents and visitors.”

Mr Muir said the winner of the
Clean Beach award, Richardsons Beach, provided appropriate facilities for those wishing to spend the day that were “well looked after” and had been constructed in a “discreet” way.

“Local groups and professional rangers and service providers have worked very hard to make this beach a very special venue to ensure that it retains its natural beauty and continues to attract tourists, beach-goers and campers.”

Population category awards were also presented as follows:

Up to 500
Winner – Freycinet Peninsula
501 – 2000
Winner - Huonville
2001 – 5000
Winner – Central Highlands (for the second year in succession)

Winners in the Sustaiable Schools Awards were:

North west region
Primary section – Latrobe 
Secondary section –Sheffield School
Northern region
Primary section – Beaconsfield 
Secondary section – St Patricks College
Southern region
Primary section –Bruny Island
Secondary section – Oatlands District School 

The prestigious John Donaghy Memorial Award was presented to Sally Doyle in recognition of “her enthusiastic commitment to the life of the Geeveston community and beyond”.

The Youth Award was presented to the Huonville-based Students Working Against Poverty (SWAP).

The Tasmanian Tidy Towns program is run by the KAB Tasmania Council with support from the Tasmanian Government and the Packaging Stewardship Forum.

For further information contact: Barrie Muir Tel: 0408 679 313

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