Bill awarded for cleaning up town
AFTER losing both his legs a decade ago, Bill Snow uses his trusty mobility scooter to help keep his town beautiful.
From these efforts Mr Snow received an Outstanding Accomplishment Award in this year’s Ergon Energy Tidy Towns Darling Downs Regional Awards announced this week in Toowoomba.
Mr Snow shrugged off praises, saying he was just an ordinary bloke who liked to see things clean.
“I hate to see rubbish lying around – I live by myself and I’m pretty fussy,” he said.
“I’m not an environmentalist or anything, I’m just one of those guys who will pick up rubbish.”
Every morning Mr Snow goes along the creek and picks up as much paper and rubbish as he can.
“If I can’t handle it then I’ll tell the council blokes and they’ll collect it,” he said.
“I’m definitely not the only one who (cleans up) – I could name a lot more people who help.
“It’s all mainly fish and chip papers and coffee pots and sometimes you’ll pick up a dollar or two here and there. But it’s nice to come back and see it’s tidy.”
The Southern Downs Regional Council enjoyed tremendous success after nominating two communities in the year’s Keep Australia Beautiful Awards, which both won.
Killarney took out the Australia Post Bush Spirit Award, while with the Stanthorpe community collected four awards, including Ergon Energy’s Tidiest Town for the Darling Downs region in 2010.
The region covers the councils of Goondiwindi, Southern Downs, Toowoomba and Western Downs.
Tidiest Town: Stanthorpe, for outstanding achievement in all categories
Bush Spirit Award: Killarney, for commitment to solving problems faced during difficult times
Energy Conservation Champions Award: Stanthorpe, for accomplishment in the conservation of energy
Outstanding Accomplishment Award: Bill Snow for outstanding contribution to the community
Resource Recovery Award: Stanthorpe, for conservation of natural resources through recovery, reuse and waste management