Stanthorpe has won Queensland’s Tidy Town award for 2010.
Stanthorpe has won Queensland’s Tidy Town award for 2010. Granite Belt Wine Country

Stanthorpe wins Tidy Town award

STANTHORPE has been named the Queensland Ergon Energy Tidiest Town for 2010.

Taking out the state title in this year's prestigious Keep Australia Beautiful competition, the Darling Downs community out-performed 103 other entrants.

Local volunteer Bill Humble was “over the moon” to hear of Stanthorpe's state tidy town win.

“It's wonderful, I'm thrilled we've got it,” Mr Humble said.

“It's good news for the tourism side of things – it should help people to come along and visit.”

Mr Humble has lived in Stanthorpe for 46 years, and spends much of his time lending a hand to voluntary organisations.

“I help occasionally at the visitor information centre, particularly on public holidays when others are tied up, I'm with the rural fire brigade and help with meals on wheels – quite a few bits and pieces,” he said.

The retired Mr Humble said he gets a kick out of helping others.

“I like to help out where necessary with anyone who needs a hand. I just love helping people – I get a buzz out of being involved in the community and meeting a number of people.”

Asked what he like most about Stanthorpe, Mr Humble said it was the total package.

“I like the country lifestyle, I like the people here, the climate and of course we've got the wineries and fruit and vegetable places – we have everything on our doorstep.”

The announcement was made by Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland CEO Mr Rick Burnett at a gala awards ceremony in Mackay on Monday night.

Mr Burnett said “the coolest town in Queensland is now officially the tidiest as well”.



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