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Smithton crowned Australia's tidiest town

Smithton has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Australian Tidy Towns Awards, at an event hosted by last year’s winner Barmera, South Australia on 6 April 2018.

What are the Tidy Town Awards and why did Smithton win?

It’s not about rubbish and cleanliness. Running nationally since 1990, the Australian Tidy Towns Awards recognise the hard work undertaken by individuals and groups in rural communities.

The national judges visited Smithton in February with their itinerary including visits to Circular Head Council, Seven Up Youth Centre, RSL Club, Circular Head Christian School, Smithton High School, Trawmanna and the Devil Country Muster, Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station the Community & Recreation Centre/Hall of Fame.

In addition to the overall award, Smithton was also a joint winner Community Action & Wellbeing; Environmental Sustainability and Young Legend and was also highly commended in Heritage & Culture.

All these categories were covered in Smithton’s award submission, which highlighted the various programs, community groups and collaborations that we have.

Programs highlighted in the submission

Community Action and Wellbeing:

-          Community Road Safety Partnership’- This committee is funded by Council and includes members from Council, Police, SES, Parks and Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation (CHAC).

-          ‘Art about Town’ - a month long celebration of art and culture

-          Twilight on the Duck

-          Two Trains documentary- Council received a $10,000 grant from ABC Heywire/FRRR, which allowed Rural Health, Dudley Billing and a group of local youth to create ‘Two Trains’. The short film highlights the many faces of addiction, the flow on impact and possible methods of prevention. Video link:

-          Balance Your Life- Council’s coordination of services and programs which promote wellness in the community

-          Rotary’s ‘Devil Country Muster’

-          Circular Head Education Training Consultative Committee (CHETCC)

-          Seven Up Youth Centre – Operated in partnership with Rural Health, CHAC, Council and SCF.

Environmental Sustainability:

-          The Duck Irrigation Scheme

-          Rice grass spraying in the Duck Estuary by the local Landcare Group- Video link:

-          Circular Head Community Wellbeing Centre – Energy efficiency

-          The Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station

Heritage and Culture:

-          The Tunnerminnerwait Project- This involved students from Smithton High School learning of a little known Circular Head history which has both Tasmanian and Australian significance. This focuses on indigenous man Tunnerminnerwait, who was born on Robbins Island in 1811.

-          The Circular Head RSL Centenary Committee- This committee was formed in 2013 and has completed a number of important works in Smithton and surrounding districts, creating a war time trail for community members and visitors.

-          Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation (CHAC)

Young Legends- Kurtis Maher:

-          While completing year 12 in 2017 Kurtis Maher was the also the president of the Circular Head Youth Leaders (CHYL) and school captain at Circular Head Christian School.

-          As school captain Kurtis is the face of the school, leading school assemblies and speaking at important community events such as ANZAC Day.

-          In 2015 Kurtis played a huge role in the ABC Heywire documentary ‘Two trains’, volunteering many hours to crew and help produce this project.

As the winner of the state and national award, Smithton will host the state awards in 2018 and the national awards next year.