Environmental News

Mundubbera becomes Queensland's first rated

David Curtin - Thursday, May 29, 2014

Residents of Mundubbera were joined by the North Burnett Regional Councillors, local community leaders and the Keep Queensland Beautiful team today to unveil new Tidy Towns accreditation signage for Mundubbera's pride, community spirit and environmental credentials as part of the revitalised Queensland Tidy Towns program.

Mundubbera won Queensland's Tidiest Town in 2013 and has been awarded a 3 star rating under the new criteria.

Keep Queensland Beautiful CEO, David Curtin was thrilled to finally visit the town and recognise the resilience and outstanding community spirit.

"Mundubbera has so much to offer. While touring the town, I was astounded by it's rich heritage and the lengths the local community have gone to to preserve its culture and spirit, the cleanliness and pride of the township, the innovative and holistic environmental practices implemented by the school,"

"Commendable business-community relationships and the strength in the community to move forward and build for the future should be applauded." said Curtin.

The sign was unveiled in conjunction with the launch of the new Queensland Tidy Towns Accreditation program, providing participating towns with a 1-5 star assessment rating based on their performance in key focus areas: Community Action and Partnership; Friendliest Town; Young Legends; Heritage and Culture; Bush Spirit; Outstanding Achievement; Litter prevention; Resource Recovery and Waste; Management; Water Conservation; and Energy Innovation.

North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Don Waugh explained, “Along with being named Queensland’s Tidiest Town, Mundubbera also received the Queensland Bush Spirit Award for outstanding community efforts during and after the 2013 January floods and was Queensland’s entry in the national Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2014, judged by Keep Australia Beautiful early this year, winning two awards - Young Legends Award and Commendation for Community Action and Partnerships.”

“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,” Mayor Waugh said.

“Come and celebrate this important milestone in Mundubbera’s recovery; come visit our beautiful town.”

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Keep Queensland Beautiful, Chief Executive Officer, David Curtin: 0435 602 737