Tidy Up Taree: Getting the neighbours involved

THE call has gone out for volunteers to assist with the second stage of the Tidy Up Taree (TUT) campaign this time with a dual focus of expanding on the first successful CBD cleanup and adding a residential street "Block Challenge".

TUT co-ordinator and local businessman, Graham Brown said Sunday, March 2 had been selected, which dovetails nicely with the nationally recognised Clean Up Australia Day.

"In the CBD we will concentrate on Victoria Street, between Manning and Macquarie Streets as well as Manning Street, between Victoria and Albert Streets," Mr Brown said.

"The format will be the same as TUT day 1 - we will be doing garden borders from 6am with each half of the roads being closed until around 9am. If any businesses have specific issues, please contact me at gpb@gpb.com.au"

A challenge is also being thrown out to local businesses to get involved and use the day as a team building exercise. The friendly rivalry between Ausmulch and Greater Taree City Council teams is a prime example from TUT day 1.

"The aim of the Block Challenge is to get residential areas involved, looking at their street and to improve its presentation," Mr Brown said.

"A street block is being defined as the area on both sides of the street between two cross streets or T-intersections."

To register as a volunteer, nominate your project, or upload a photo, go to the website - www.tidyuptaree.com.au.

There will be some great prizes for various winning block categories. The first to be finalised comes from MidCoast Water with $1000 in reduced water charges to share.

Prizes will be awarded for:

o Most improved block

o Largest amount of rubbish collected

o Highest percentage of participants from a block

o Greenest block and

o A special trophy for the most dedicated employer group

All prizes will be announced in the week leading up to March 2 but to be eligible to share in the prizes you must be registered as a TUT site and have volunteered for part of the day.

Mr Brown has invited any businesses who can assist with sponsorship or nominating a team to contact him at gpb@gpb.com.au.

To assist with planning, volunteers are asked to register as soon as possible - just go to the website www.tidyuptaree.com.au

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