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Tidy Town accolades for city

Tuesday, 5th November, 2013

Dylan Stone receiving his Young Legends award at the Tidy Towns Awards at the weekend. Dylan Stone receiving his Young Legends award at the Tidy Towns Awards at the weekend.

By Emily Roberts

Broken Hill has won two awards at the Tidy Town Awards ceremony and come close to claiming the main prize.

The NSW Tidy Towns Awards were held in Armidale over the weekend and, says BH Tidy Towns Committee Vice Chairman, Christine Adams, the city finished second overall in the Tidy Towns category.

“Our category was Population Category E (10,001 to 25,000). The category takes in everything from environment, culture and social,” Councillor Adams said.

“It is quite exciting to have come in second after Singleton.”

But young local Dylan Stone won the Inaugural Young Legend for category E.

“It was very exciting to see Dylan win this, especially with all the work he does with the environment,” Clr Adams said.

“It is great to see someone so young being recognised for his passionate response to environmental issues.”

Dylan said he was very pleased to have won.

“In relation to winning it felt amazing,” he said.

“I was a little scared as I didn’t know what it would mean. I was very thankful for award and it means a lot to me.

“I will be able to use it to continue the work we do.”

He said he was grateful to the Tidy Towns committee and City Council for nominating him.

Broken Hill also won the Waste Minimisation Award. The program “Leave Nothing to Waste” is a partnership with local schools and Channing’s bottle yard.

“Alma Public, Broken Hill Public (Central), Burke Ward Public, North Public, Railwaytown Public and Sacred Heart Primary all take part in this program,” Clr Adams said.

“A Highly Commended was given to Alma School for the School Environment Award and St Pat’s Race Club for the Bush Spirit Award.”

Dylan said all the awards were great for the city.

“It was fantastic to see Broken Hill get so many awards. It shows that hard work from so many groups and people has paid off,” he said.

“Congratulations to the Alma School, St Pat’s Club, all the schools around Broken Hill and to the city of Broken Hill.

“It sets a good example; people can see we take a lot of pride.”

Clr Adams said it was great to see so many programs receiving recognition.

“I think these programs wouldn’t work without the help of volunteers,” she said.

“It is great for the success of the community.”

She also said the city was held in high esteem at the awards.

“People were asking when Broken Hill would host the Tidy Town awards,” Clr Adams said.

“The reception Dylan and I received was fantastic.”

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