HORSHAM is one step closer to being named Victoria’s tidiest town after it was declared one of six finalists for the statewide award.
Other finalists are Beechworth, Campaspe, Cohuna, Rutherglen and last year’s winner Wangaratta.
Horsham Tidy Towns committee also has finalists in five other award categories.
The restoration of an early 20th century May and Millar wagon is a finalist in the cultural heritage category.
Natimuk Lake is one of six finalists in the clean beach or waterway category, an award which was won last year by Green Lake.
The Wimmera River Improvement Committee has a chance to win the protection of the environment award for its enhancement of the Burnt Creek waterway.
Axis Worx pipeline plastic recycling project is one of five finalists in the resource recovery and waste management project.
The partnership between the Horsham Golf Club and Horsham Rural City Council is a finalist in the community government partnerships category.
The winners of the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards will be announced at a dinner in Wangaratta on October 11.
All Horsham finalists will be recognised on September 4 at Horsham Civic Centre.
Horsham Tidy Towns committee chairman Don Johns said the quality of entries had done Horsham proud.
“Tidy Towns committee is absolutely delighted that the entries have done so well once again,” he said.
“We thank all the groups that entered for the way they presented themselves to the judges.”
Mr Johns said Horsham – the first Victorian city to win the national award in 2001 – had ongoing success in the awards because of the efforts of the residents.
“Horsham has always done well in Tidy Towns because of the attitude of the people of Horsham who see the program as something that makes the city and its surrounds,” he said.
“We look forward to bringing home some state awards from Wangaratta in October – it’s a great credit to the people who have entered.”
Mr Johns thanked the Mail-Times for its coverage of the Tidy Towns Awards during this year.
“I also want to thank the Wimmera Mail-Times for their continued support because without the media you can’t get the message across to the public,” he said.
“The Mail-Times has been absolutely brilliant in doing that and our committee brought up once again yesterday how supportive the press has been.”