Mundubbera named Queensland's Tidiest Town for 2013
The fruit-growing town of Mundubbera – 200 kilometres west of Bundaberg - has been named Queensland’s Tidiest Town for 2013.
The announcement was made by the CEO of Keep Queensland Beautiful, Rick Burnett, at an awards ceremony in Cairns tonight (Monday, October 21st, 2013).
Mr Burnett said Mundubbera, in the North Burnett Regional Council, was the highest scoring entry across 10 categories, among nearly 50 towns competing from all around the state.
“With a population of 1200, Mundubbera has overcome massive flood damage in the past two years and has recovered to be an inspiration and great example of resilience and strong community spirit and care. This is a community that understands the power of nature and respects it, and has worked hard to rejuvenate the local environment and keep it clean. And that means making sure litter and waste are contained and don’t damage the environment and river systems.” Burnett said.
Mundubbera also won the Bush Spirit Award, for outstanding community efforts during and after the floods in January this year, and will now be Queensland’s entry in the national awards judged by Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) early next year.
The award was received by the Mayor of North Burnett RC, Cr Don Waugh.
The winners and highly commended towns in 10 categories – plus the Friendliest Town and overall winner were announced:
• Litter Prevention: Capella (Central Highlands Regional Council)
• Resource Recovery: Dalby (Western Downs Regional Council)
• Water Conservation: Longreach (Longreach Regional Council)
• Energy Conservation: Birdsville (Diamantina Shire Council)
• Environmental Protection: Wujal Wujal (Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council)
• Heritage: Yaraka (Longreach Regional Council)
Highly Commended: Cooktown (Cook Shire Council)
• Young Legends: Bowen (Whitsunday Regional Council)
Highly Commended: Biggenden (North Burnett Regional Council)
• Bush Spirit: Mundubbera (North Burnett Regional Council)
• Outstanding Achievement: Cannonvale (Whitsunday Regional Council)
Highly Commended: Lockyer Valley (Lockyer Valley Regional Council)
• Partnerships: Cannonvale (Whitsunday Regional Council)
Highly Commended: Gayndah (North Burnett Regional Council)
Highly Commended: Blackwater (Central Highlands Regional Council)
• Friendliest Town: Cloncurry (Cloncurry Shire Council)
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS – The Packaging Stewardship Forum, the National Packaging Covenant Industry Association, Samuel Smith & Sons, and Lion Co (Fourex) in supporting our Awards and Awards presentation night.
For more information about categories and winners’ projects please visit the website: www.keepaustraliabeautiful.org.au and click on the Tidy Towns link.
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