Armidale Picks up Two National Tidy Town Awards
After taking out the NSW overall Tidy Town Award for 2012, Armidale picked up two awards at the national Australian Tidy Towns Award, the ‘Community Action and Partnerships’ and ‘Resources Recovery and Waste Management’ awards.
Armidale’s community partnerships were a large part of what caught the eye of the NSW Tidy Towns assessors back in 2012. Those partnerships give community groups confidence when applying for grants or committing to larger products. The partnerships enable groups and Council to set and achieve shared goals on a diverse range of issues.
Armidale-Dumaresq Council, the Down to Earth Gardening Group and Sustainable Living Armidale worked together on a number of initiatives to increase the production and consumption of local produce, including organising a bi-weekly farmers’ market, transforming six tennis courts into a community garden and planting street pots with winter veggies to promote home-grown gardening.
Council also partnered with Armidale City Bowling Club and several other community organisations to plant and clean up 13 plots along the creeklands, ranging in size from .5ha to 2.4ha.
As part of their winning program for the Resources Recovery and Waste Management award, Armidale-Dumaresq Council established a ‘City to Soil’ program where kitchen and garden waste is collected fortnightly in compostable bags made from broccoli. This program has seen organic waste collection programs service over 10,000 homes in Armidale and it is anticipated the program will divert 3,500 tonnes of waste from landfill each year. To educate the local community on waste minimisation, Council provided a Waste Hotline and published a Waste Services Guide.
Keep Australia Beautiful NSW is proud of the work of Armidale and their achievements at the National Awards. As community engagement with environmental issues is one of our main objectives, Armidale’s wins are a testament to the great work of councils all over the state in ensuring our environment is taken care of.