Nundle named NSW Tidiest Town!
With a rich history, spirit and a community that breathes sustainability, Nundle is the winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Tidy Town Overall State Award for 2013.
After many months of assessing and judging the highly anticipated Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities Awards were held over the first weekend of November in the 2012 Overall Award winning town of Armidale.
The towns of Jerilderie, Gloucester, Toronto, Singleton and Maitland also walked away with being named the Tidiest Towns in their own population category (please see below table for further details)
More than 250 delegates converged on the town, eager to discuss the issues affecting their communities, share insights, look at solutions, meet with others passionate about their community and of course hear the results.
Nundle has achieved much in the past year, as David Imrie, CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful noted after the awards announcement. Mr. Imrie commended the towns work including:
- Nundle recorded over 23,595 documented volunteer hours over the past 12 months. Despite a small population Nundle has numerous sporting, community, fundraising and other volunteer organisations. Volunteers staff the Visitors Information Centre 7 days per week,
- Nundle is host to a number of unique annual events including the Go For Gold Chinese Festival (18,000 visitors), the Great Nundle Dog Race (1,000 visitors), Gourmet Picnic and Art Show, Le Tour Do Rocque amongst others.
- The 2013 Enviro-Camp at Chaffey Dam was attended by 20 adults and 57 students from 5 schools in the area and taught pparticipants about natural ecosystems in a riparian environment, water quality, water saving and strategies to reduce waste. Throughout the camp students developed practical environmental skills and learnt to appreciate the environment.
- Nundle students have been involved in numerous planting days, monitoring river health via Water Watch and Bug Watch activities.
- The Nundle RSL Sub-branch Bursary was established in 1961to help children attending schools in the area to achieve their potential. The bursary was initially financed through a ’cattle account’ whereby landholder members dominated the proceeds of a cattle sold to the bursary. After over 50 years the Bursary is still in place.
- The Nundle Riverside Walk and the Upper Peel Landcare Group jointly encourage as stronger interest in conservations by promoting; health, fitness, education, flora & fauna, establishment of wildlife corridors and improvement in tourism.
“We congratulate Nundle and their community on winning this well deserved and highly prestigious award,” Mr. Imrie said.
“Nundle has an engaging approach to securing long-term sustainability in their community while also caring for its rich past and heritage. The town has sets an impressive benchmark which all towns can learn and benefit from in the future.
“The calibre of all towns this year has made for a very competitive awards program. What these towns have been able to achieve is truly inspirational.”
“I would like to thank and congratulate the NSW Government who have shown us great support and tremendous environmental leadership through their 2021 plan and the Waste Less Recycle More initiative.”
Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce congratulated the people of Nundle for the hard work they had put in to win this prestigious award.
“Volunteerism and community pride are the backbone of any country town,” Mr Joyce said.
“It is a mindset within a district that can allow truly remarkable things to be achieved. Reading through the list of achievements of the town, it is no surprise Nundle has won this award. It is a town where the people are prepared to roll up their sleeves and get to work.”
“For New England to win two of the highest awards in consecutive years proves the spirit of its people.”
“I am extremely proud to represent an electorate with such a strong sense of community spirit. The tidy towns awards are fiercely contested across the state and the people of Nundle will no doubt be celebrating their win for weeks to come.”
2013 Tidy Towns Assessor, Michael Dodkin, said Nundle is one of the most impressive towns he has assessed in the last 16 years.
“Nundle is one of the highlights of my assessing since I started in 1997. This town lives on sustainability, their efforts are a credit to this community and it is certainly working for them,” Michael Dodkin said.
“Nundle’s future is in their community spirit, as well has their history. Through the development of the ‘Community Economic Transition Strategy – Caring for the past, planning for the future,’ Nundle is developing new pathways towards a more sustainable future.”
Nundle will now vie for the title of National Overall Tidy Town at the Keep Australia Beautiful National Awards in 2014.
The Overall Tidy Town, Sustainable Communities Award recipients by population category are:
|Population Category A||Population Category B||Population Category C||Population Category D||Population Category E||Population Category F|
|3rd||Rydal||Berrigan||Summerland Point||Tilligerry-Tanilba Bay||Lithgow||Wagga Wagga|