Fewer nominations: (From left) Tidy Towns judges John and Lou Carothers, council gardener Andrew Smith and Cr Neil Meiklejohn during the judges’ visit last year.
Fewer nominations: (From left) Tidy Towns judges John and Lou Carothers, council gardener Andrew Smith and Cr Neil Meiklejohn during the judges’ visit last year.

Council cuts Tidy Town entrants

HUGE amounts of effort from council staff and high costs have been labelled the reason for council yesterday moving to cut back the amount of towns it enters into this year’s Ergon Energy Tidy Towns competition.

Last year the Southern Downs Regional Council put forward a glossy submission booklet for the towns of Ballandean, Wallangarra, Dalveen, Emu Vale, Tannymorel, Warwick, Allora and Yangan.

Warwick picked up the Regional Tidy Town Award, Allora Show Society won the Outstanding Achievement Award and the Young Ambassadors Program won a Young Legend Award.

However, despite these awards, councillors yesterday moved in the corporate services committee meeting to cut back the number of towns entered to just one each from the northern and southern regions of the shire, with expressions of interest to be called.

However, some councillors indicated that if there was strong interest shown from several communities across the region, they would take that into account.

SDRC corporate communications officer Tracy Vellacott addressed the councillors yesterday and said council officers needed people from the community to come forward and help shape the submission put forward for their town, if it was entered in the competition.

Councillor Jo McNally moved to cut back the nominations to one town from each region, which Peter Blundell seconded.

The motion was carried.



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