Beechworth, Rutherglen lead way in Tidy Town nominations

AN exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of Beechworth’s Burke Museum and a Rutherglen Primary School environmental project are among 17 Indigo Shire contenders for this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful awards.

The shire unveiled its finalists yesterday at the Barnawartha Town Hall.

Beechworth was awarded nine of the 17 finalist positions, while Rutherglen took five.

Both towns were named as finalists in the Tidy Town of the Year competition, which will be announced at Wangaratta in October.

Damien Thorp and Emma Hughes were selected to accept both the Young Leaders and Active Schools certificates for the Rutherglen Primary School project.

“The project’s goal was to change the minds of people to buy recycled products, which will prevent landfill and rid our community of pollution,” Damien said.

“Ten kids were chosen and we worked in groups of two,” Emma said.

Damien created a comic book aimed at children, while Emma wrote letters to the council.

Other projects from Beechworth included the Patch to Patch Pedal and the Crossley Generator Project.

Indigo Shire councillor Don Chambers said the awards were about the community working together with the council to create something lasting.

“It’s also about being proud of your community all year round,” he said.

Another of Rutherglen’s winning projects was the historical society’s “Every Picture Tells a Story”, created by Bill Steele and Marie Ledden, which tells Rutherglen’s history through photos of the local convent.

Officials from Keep Australia Beautiful visited Barnawartha yesterday to present the finalists with their certificates.

The Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards event ceremony will be held at Wangaratta on Saturday, October 11.