THE WIMMERA shone on Saturday at the Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities Awards with three award wins and a commendation.
While Horsham missed out on the Tiny Town of the Year gong, Kaniva College took home the Active Schools award for its Your Waste, Someone’s Treasure program.
Students helped West Wimmera Shire Council collect bikes, gardening and sporting equipment, clothing and computers to repair and send to Africa and East Timor.
Wimmera Health Care Group won the Resource Recovery and Waste Management award for its Blue Frog initiative, which encourages people to recycle and save power.
The Green Lake Committee of Management, formerly the Green Lake Action Group, also took home a major prize with the Clean Beach award.
The group organised working bees at the lake to clean debris including pine tree branches, which had built up during the drought.
Committee member Libby Peucker said the win was unexpected.
“During the drought The lake had been dry since 2001, and we knew with a few rain events the lake would fill up,” she said.
“We can now see that the lake is back to its former glory, which is great for the community,” she said.
Horsham Tidy Towns chairman Don Johns said the awards would promote Horsham.
“It puts Horsham on the map because we are consistently up there at every awards night,” he said.
“We are the only Victorian town that has won the Tiny Town of the Year award five times, – the most any other town has won it is twice,” he said.
The Horsham Tidy Towns committee also received a high commendation for its Don’t Rubbish Horsham litter prevention campaign.
The Haven Recreation Reserve Committee was a finalist in the Community Government Partnerships category, while Horsham’s Skate Park development missed out on the Young Leaders award.
Yurunga Brush House also missed out in the Cultural Heritage category.