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Proud about town

Saturday, 26th October, 2013

Alma student Jessica Hilton helping out in her school’s Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden, one of several local initiatives in the finals for this year’s Tidy Towns Awards.PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Alma student Jessica Hilton helping out in her school’s Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden, one of several local initiatives in the finals for this year’s Tidy Towns Awards.PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By By Erica Visser

It turns out that Broken Hill has some pretty neat projects, with several coming in as finalists in this year’s Tidy Towns Awards.

The finalists are spread across several categories including the St Patrick’s Race Meeting for the Bush Spirit Award; Alma Public School’s

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden for the School Environmental Award and; local schools project ‘Leave Nothing to Waste’ for two environmental awards.

Founder of the Student Environmental Council, youth member Dylan Stone, is also up for the inaugural NSW Young Legends award.

It’s been a decade since Broken Hill won the ultimate Tidy Town title and City Council is hoping the honour will be bestowed upon it again, after it also made the finals.

Chairman of the BH Tidy Towns Committee Darriea Turley said that each of the finalists stood a good chance.

“All our nominations are outstanding; from president Margaret Corradini and the hard working St Pat’s committee, students and teachers at Alma public school, Libby Guest of Broken Hill City Council and the school waste program and the very talented young environmentalist Dylan Stone,” she said.

“Each is worthy because they are dedicated to what is best for their community and deliver a sustainable environment.”

Alma Public School’s relieving principal Sharon DeGoumois said she was proud that the Stephanie Alexander garden was in the finals when the BDT broke the news to her.

“We’re very happy about it. Our program has been very successful,” she said.

“Angela Langdon and Sandwich Hopcraft have been doing a great job and all the children are so involved with the garden and at the moment everything is starting to grow.

“We normally have three different recipes in the kitchen each week. This week we had foccacia bread, salmon balls and a spinach and tomato side dish.

“Every week there’s something different and challenging for the children and teaching them not only nutrition but incorporating maths. They’re getting very good at measuring and working out how much a cup would weigh.”

This has been the first full year of production for the garden.

The Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards presentation will be held in Armidale at the start of next month.

Tidy Towns Committee Vice Chairman Christine Adams and youth representative Dylan Stone will attend the ceremony on the city’s behalf.

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