Two Taree projects nominated for Tidy Town awards assessed

Cultural heritage award nominee: Darcy Elbourne from the Taree RSL?Sub-branch and Tidy Towns assessor Rick Wiezel at the memorial clock.

Cultural heritage award nominee: Darcy Elbourne from the Taree RSL?Sub-branch and Tidy Towns assessor Rick Wiezel at the memorial clock.

TIDY Towns assessor, Rick Wiezel visited Taree last week to inspect two local projects nominated for the 2014 Tidy Town awards.

The project to restore the Taree War Memorial Clock, which involved the cleaning and repainting of the memorial, has been nominated for a cultural heritage award.

The great community effort behind Tidy Up Taree was nominated for the community actions and partnerships award.

Bob Coombes, president of the Taree RSL Sub-branch, was pleased to show Rick Wiezel the great restoration achievements.

"The memorial was looking very dirty and in desperate need of attention," Bob said. "We are very thankful to the Commonwealth and State governments for providing funding to undertake the restoration works.

"We have worked closely with Greater Taree City Council and are confident that we will have the memorial in great condition for the Anzac centenary in 2015."

Graham Brown and the Tidy Up Taree team were also very keen to tell Rick about the excellent community effort that was achieved over three events.

Graham outlined how one presentation to the business community snowballed into a community event with around 200 volunteers and donations received from many local businesses.

"So many people provided a helping hand to tidy up our town centre in preparation for the busy Christmas holidays," Graham said. "It was a mammoth effort from everyone involved, and is something that the town should be very proud of."

Graham explained that the momentum from this project is continuing with a plan to create the Taree Civic "heART" near the Centrelink office in Victoria Street in November 2014.

Rick left Taree with many notes and will now write up a report for consideration by the Tidy Towns judges, and announcements will be made later this year.

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