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Town must be tidy today

Thursday, 13th August, 2009

An assessor from the hotly-contested Tidy Towns Awards will be casting a keen eye over the city and some of its attractions today.

Assessor Rob O'Brien is set to visit the local cemetery, recycling plant at the waste depot, the Mulga Creek Wetlands, the Living Desert and Sculptures, the new pool, BH Regional Art Gallery and Miners' Memorial.

Also on the to-do list is a trip to the city centre, local lookouts, Sturt Park and the re-developed road and carpark facilities in Thomas Street.

Mr O'Brien is one of 24 assessors set to cover more than 25,000 kilometres across NSW in search of the state's top Tidy Town.

Each location is competing for the title of best overall town in six separate population categories, with the winners to be announced at the Tidy Towns Awards weekend in Tamworth later this year.

Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Chief Executive Officer Peter McLean said assessment week was a chance for towns to demonstrate what they have achieved.

"The written submissions indicate that towns throughout the State have once again embraced the Tidy Towns Awards ethos with great enthusiasm.

"The ongoing participation in and support for the Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards program is a measure of the enthusiasm, drive and community vision of the people who live in the villages and towns throughout rural and regional NSW," Mr McLean said.

"The big challenge for our assessors will always be to find that special town that has 'the edge' over the rest."

The Tidy Towns assessors have all undergone a comprehensive training course in preparation for their role of assessing a range of town projects that have been nominated for an award category.

All assessors are experienced environmental professionals from a variety of backgrounds including local and state government, community groups, education institutions and the private sector.

As well as the Overall State Tidy Towns Award, awards will be given in the following categories:

Country Energy Bush Spirit Award; Grundfos Water Conservation Award; Heritage Branch Cultural Heritage Award; Packaging Stewardship Forum Waste

Management and Litter Reduction Award; Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW Wildlife Corridors and Habitats Conservation Award; Schools Environment Award.

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