- Thursday 04 September 2008
Caloundra was named Queensland’s Tidiest Town for 2008, taking out the overall title in this year’s prestigious Ergon Energy Tidy Towns competition announced this week.
Caloundra out-performed 173 other entrants to claim the coveted title.
Division Two Councillor, Tim Dwyer, said the title was a fantastic reward for the efforts of both Council and the Caloundra Tidy Towns Action Group.
“The umbrella group was formed last year to bring together a range of community groups already making a huge difference with their commitment to Caloundra’s environment,” Cr Dwyer said.
“But it seems it was the power of one that tipped us over the line and all the volunteers in the Action group, council staff and all involved in this win ought to be congratulated.
“There is no doubt that it really is everything we do in this part of the Coast that contributes to the beauty and sustainability of Caloundra - from the Council managed projects to the state of the art resource recovery facility at Beerwah; the volunteer groups which adopt neighbourhood parks or take part in revegetation working bees; the property owners that commit to Land for Wildlife and similar environmental programs and so much more.
“It is great to see how Council and the community can work together to maintain and improve Caloundra to make it an even better place to visit and to live.”
Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland CEO Carole Miller also said Caloundra’s win was the result of outstanding partnerships between Council and the community.
“And that includes everyone - residents, businesses, community groups and schools,” Ms Miller said.
“Caloundra is blessed with a beautiful environment, and they work hard to keep it that way. Everyone is friendly, and recognises the importance of their beaches not only for their own enjoyment but for the economic benefits they bring from tourism. Volunteers, business people and council staff have worked hard together to come up with this result.”
The major prize for Caloundra’s win is from sponsors Ergon Energy who will donate ‘clean energy’ (from a renewable energy source) to power a community facility within the area for six months.
Caloundra will now go on to contest the Australian Tidy Towns Awards in April next year.