Bass Coast,

Council Named Tidy Towns Finalist


Bass Coast Shire Council and the Shearwater Festival have been named finalists in the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria’s Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities Awards 2013.

The awards recognise and celebrate positive actions taken by communities in regional Victoria to protect and enhance their environment and have grown from being an anti-litter campaign to encompass initiatives as diverse as preserving heritage, saving water and energy and community action and leadership.

Council’s ‘Shops Must ''Do the Right Thing'' This Summer’ program is a finalist in the category of Litter Prevention.

“The program focuses on commercial traders in commercial areas taking responsibility for their own waste during the peak periods instead of using street bins, as overflowing street bins are a major source of litter,” Council’s Infrastructure Director, Felicity Sist said.

“Council’s Waste Services Team undertook bin inspections and where they noticed an issue, they spoke with business operators about removing any waste and increasing their bin collection frequencies during those peak times.”

In its first year, the Shearwater Festival was nominated by Council and named finalist in the categories of Community Action Leadership (population above 3,000) and Cultural Heritage.

Council is one of the major partners supporting the festival, along with Phillip Island Nature Parks and the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages.

The Festival aims to bring the community together to promote cross-cultural understanding and environmental awareness with a focus on the shearwaters as symbols of the cycle of life and global interconnectedness.

“Council nominated the Festival for the awards because it was a great example of the community getting together and running a successful event,” Council’s Community and Economic Development Director, Steve Piasente said.

Both finalists were presented with certificates at a ceremony held at the Cowes Cultural Centre this week. The awards event ceremony will be held at Wycheproof on Saturday, 12 October, where winners of each category and the Tidy Town of the Year 2013 will be announced.