GLOUCESTER will no longer host the Keep NSW Beautiful Tidy Towns awards in November.
The Gloucester contingent at the recent national Tidy Towns awards in Tasmania.
Instead, Gloucester will host the inaugural Blue Star Sustainability (Regional) Awards after Keep NSW Beautiful merged the Tidy Towns with two other sustainability awards.
Tidy Towns has been merged with Sustainable Cities and Clean Beaches to form one competition that encompasses the whole State, but divided into regional and metro parts.
It means Gloucester is now both the first town to win the NSW Tidy Towns title (in 1981) and the last (in 2014).
The Blue Star Sustainability Awards were launched on Monday and will acknowledge environmental initiatives including wildlife preservation, heritage conservation, resource management and individual achievements as well as town beautification.
“The Blue Stars will keep the heart and soul of our long-running award programs while opening entry to more people,” Keep NSW Beautiful chief executive David Imrie said.
“Our mission is to educate, motivate and inspire people to be more sustainable. The Blue Stars are not just a competition – they are a community development framework which fulfils each of these three goals.
“The feedback provided by our judges, and the chance to witness what other groups in different towns are doing,provides a blueprint for local communities to achieve environmental, social and economic sustainability.”
The Blue Stars raise public awareness of environmental issues affecting regional NSW and encourage community groups to showcase their many efforts to preserve and enhance their local environments
Entry is open to councils, community groups, businesses, schools and other educational institutions and individuals.
Gloucester will host the Blue Stars (Regional) Awards from November 7 to 9.
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