Tidy Up Taree set for May 4

A SHORT stint in the clink did little to diminish the drive of Tidy Up Taree (TUT) organiser, Graham Brown for the next community clean-up.

'King TUT' aka Graham Brown is keen to give away the King TUT Trophy on Sunday May 4 - and once again he has sounded the call for volunteers to sign-up for the second event.

It has been about five months since the very first TUT Day on November 13. A landmark community event that saw more than 150 volunteers converge on Victoria and Pulteney Streets to spruce up shopfronts, pavements and old buildings.

A self-confessed "do-er" Graham is not happy to limit tidying to the central business district and is now urging the community to rally and look at ways to improve their own streets and neighbourhood.

"I'm a firm believer than love turns a house into a home and it's certainly love that turns a town into a community," Graham said.

He is keen to share that love for community on May 4 and has set a few goals and has a few incentives to inspire local businesses to team-up for the event and for people to get their hands dirty for just one day.

The plan is to arm people with mops, buckets, brooms, paint and brushes, ladders, milk crates, cobweb brooms and watering cans to tidy Victoria Street, between Manning and Macquarie Streets as well as Manning Street, between Victoria and Albert Streets.

However, it is the TUT Block Challenge with $1000 in reduced water charges from MidCoast Water up for grabs, that Graham hopes will inspire people to tidy their patch of the Manning Valley.

"The aim of the Block Challenge is to get residential areas involved, to make people look at their street and to try to improve its presentation," Graham explained.

The Block Challenge prizes will also see prizes awarded for:

o Most improved block

o Largest amount of rubbish collected

o Highest percentage of participants from a block and;

o Greenest block

Local businesses and employer groups are eligible to compete for The King TUT Trophy.

"This is a challenge 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 of what can be achieved from our first TUT Day," Graham said.

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

To assist with planning, volunteers are asked to register as soon as possible.

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