Small town's big win

Monday, 1st November, 2010

Silverton Village Community Reserve Trust’s Helen Murray was pictured with the winner’s trophy at a gala dinner in Wollongong Silverton Village Community Reserve Trust’s Helen Murray was pictured with the winner’s trophy at a gala dinner in Wollongong

Silverton came alive yesterday on the news that it had won a major NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Award.

The Silverton Village Community Reserve Trust, which was one of three finalists, won the NSW Land and Property Management Authority Crown Reserve TrustCorporate Managers Award at a gala dinner in Wollongong on Saturday night.

The awards program recognises groups, business and communities who play a vital role in enhancing the social or economic sustainability in areas such as environment and Landcare initiatives, business, tourism and community projects.

Silverton local Helen Murray, who attended Saturday's dinner on behalf of the trust, said yesterday she was shocked when it was announced the winner.

She described it as "a proud and humbling experience". "We were up against some pretty stiff competition."

The committee had received a lot of help from Ron Hellyer, the town's heritage adviser, and the Land and Property Management Authority, Ms Murray said.

As the winner, the committee received a $5,000 Commonwealth Bank AwardSaver account and a hand-crafted glass trophy.

Ms Murray said the money would go towards restoration work on some of the town's historic buildings. 

NSW Land & Property Management Authority congratulated the Silverton Village Community Reserve Trust for its commitment to the maintenance and growth ofstate trusts and for dedication and service to the community.

The Silverton Village Committee, which was established in 1999, manages and maintains 13 reserves. 

These include the municipal chambers used for meeting and social gatherings, vacant land with historic significance, the historic cemetery, ruins of historic buildings and other significant buildings which are used by the community today.

The committee co-ordinates a range of volunteers in the various Trusts who are actually the whole population of the town, which is 50.

The Committee establish and govern village policies and co-ordinate projects, as Silverton, which is located in the Unincorporated Area, does not have any local government council.

The committee has undertaken improvements across the village, not only on the Crown reserves, including street signage, a village colour scheme and heritage trail with interpretive signage, it has also undertake restoration and maintenance of the heritage structures under its management.

The committee aims to undertake positive improvements and coordinated management with integration into the whole community assets and village promotion.

Broken Hill's volunteers were awarded an achievement certificate in recognition of their efforts. 

BH Citizen of the Year Joyce Scobie and Young Citizen of the Year Jusara Caple represented the city's volunteers at the awards and accepted the certificate.