More time to rally our businesses to tidy up

EVERY cloud has a silver lining if you view the world through the eyes of Tidy Up Taree (TUT) organiser, Graham Brown.

Clouds blanketed the Manning Valley in grey on Sunday and released much-needed rain in Taree.

It forced the cancellation of the second TUT and left Graham and his teams of volunteers all-dressed up with no place to go.

In November last year, more than 150 people fronted to work in the central business district to spruce-up shopfronts, pavements and old-buildings on Victoria and Pulteney Streets. It was hoped a similar result would be achieved on Sunday, but this time in Manning and Victoria Streets.

For Graham, the feeling of disappointment quickly dissipated as he saw the opportunity that a new date could provide.

"It gives me more time. I really want to rally more businesses to get involved in TUT," Graham said.

"It's going to be April, I'm not sure of the date just yet, but that gives me at least a month to rally our local business community."

Last week Graham revealed The King TUT Trophy and his plan for it to become a catalyst for healthy competition in the business community.

To win Graham said businesses needed their people on the ground, for them to work hard, have fun, display brilliant camaraderie and be involved in making the day a great community event.

"It's subjective, it's fun and I want The King TUT Trophy to inspire friendly competition in our business community."

The winner would also receive $500 worth of advertising from sponsor, The Manning River Times.

Last week, Graham said it looked like a head-to-head competition between Ausmulch and Greater Taree City Council for The King TUT Trophy but added that now there was more time for businesses to rally their staff to support this event.

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