The central west Queensland town of Winton has been named Queensland's Tidiest Town for 2016 by environmental organisation, Keep Queensland Beautiful.
Tidy Towns is the flagship program of Keep Queensland Beautiful. This well-known program aims to recognise and reward work occurring in towns across Queensland.
Winton, with a population of less-than 1000 residents, has today been awarded a four-star Tidy Town rating by Keep Queensland Beautiful for their commitment to a cleaner and more sustainable township.
Some projects that enabled Winton to be awarded the prestigious title include;
- One Million Stars - community engagement
- Geothermal Energy - a $3.5 million investment
- Lark Quarry refurbishment
- Long Waterhole protection (signage)
- Free public WiFi
- Integration of QR codes for tourists
- Outback writers festival
- Australian Age of Dinosaurs attraction
- Willie Mar heritage protection
- Winton War Heroes
- Litter prevention through unique dinosaur shaped bins
- Councillors going digital to reduce resource wastage
- Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan
- Publicly available water usage information
- Winton district historical society and museum
Winton's Mayor Cr. Butch Lenton is extremely proud and honoured to accept this award on behalf of the Winton community.
Cr. Lenton stated that "Winton is a unique part of Australia that quietly goes about its business in endeavouring to enhance not only the lifestyle experience of locals but also the many travellers who visit this wonderful little outback town".
Cr. Lenton further confirmed "we are fortunate to have community members, staff and volunteer groups who work for the betterment of the Winton community and broader region".
Keep Queensland Beautiful Chief Executive Officer, David Curtin commended the whole-of-community response to move towards a more sustainable community.
"From waste reduction and litter prevention, solar and geothermal energy, heritage and cultural projects, Winton, without a doubt is making a real effort to protect and conserve their natural environment"
"Tourists fall in love with Winton and I can see why".