Beechworth has continued to enhance its reputation as one of Australia's tidiest towns after it was declared a finalist in the Keep Victoria Beautiful major award.
The Indigo Shire community was crowned national Tidy Town champion in 2020 and was due to host the 2021 award presentation, which was conducted online.
Beechworth, reigning national champion Hastings, Crib Point, Dartmoor, Dimboola, Horsham, Little River, Mounth Martha and Poowong are this year's Victorian finalists.
Groups in several North East towns have been nominated for a host of other award categories.
Beechworth Lions Club's volunteer expo and DTAC Wangaratta have both been listed in the community section.
Friends of Stanley Athenaeum is a finalist in the heritage category.
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Beechworth Urban Landcare and Sustainability has been nominated for the environment award for its work with Beechworth Bush Botanic Garden.
St Joseph's Primary School at Beechworth and Dirrawarra Indigenous Network at Wangaratta are both on contention for the Indigenous culture award.
Beechworth Boomerang Bags is a finalist in the waste category, while restaurateurs Asra Fatima and Shabbir Hussain, from Beechworth Indian Restaurant, are finalists of the social wellbeing award.
North East Pride Collective, Albury and Benalla will look to take out the young legends award as organisers of the 2021 Rainbow Ball.
"We would like to express our gratitude and thanks to all the towns, community groups, individuals and councils who entered this year's awards," Keep Victoria Beautiful chief executive Sabina Wills said.
Award winners will be announced online in early November due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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