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MEDIA RELEASE - Dartmoor Tidy Town Finalist

20 September 2017

Dartmoor has kept its track record as one of Victoria’s tidiest towns after being named a finalist for the 32nd consecutive year for the coveted award program.

The timber town has been named a finalist in the state-wide Keep Victoria Beautiful 2017 Tidy Town of the year award as well as three other categories.

These include the Community / Government Partnership Award, Community Action and Leadership Award and the Protection of the Environment Award.

The Tidy Town awards encourage, motivate and celebrate sustainability achievements of rural and regional communities across Australia.

Dartmoor District Progress Association president Wendy Dowling said community pride had continued to grow since the town first entered the competition in 1985.

“People have developed a stronger sense of ownership of the features of our town,” Mrs Dowling said.

“The program is a great platform to showcase our achievements and recognise the outstanding input of volunteers in small communities like ours.”

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Cr Anita Rank said to be named as a finalist for the overall Tidy Town of the Year was an incredible achievement for the small township, which has only 100 residents.

“To be recognised at state level for their tireless community work is an outstanding achievement. This is a town who work together to bring the best out the best in their community,” Cr Rank said.

“The development of the Open Space/Bicycle/Walking Track, utilising the disused Railway Land that runs through the centre of the town is a notable stand out illustrating why the town has been successful in this competition.”

Keep Victoria Beautiful Board chairman Dick Gross credited the finalists.

"Congratulations to all 2017 Tidy Town Finalists. There were outstanding applications in all categories,” he said, “I am very excited to meet the finalists at the awards ceremony.”

Tickets for the Horsham awards ceremony, to be held on 25 November 2017 are available at www.kvb.org.au. A Regional Tidy Town Awards presentation will be at the Dartmoor Primary School on Tuesday 10 October at 9.30am.


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