Tidy Town - Airlie Beach wins regional award

AIRLIE Beach is the tidiest town in the Whitsunday/Isaac/Mackay region, according to the judging panel at the Tidy Towns Keep Australia Beautiful competition.

Airlie took out the coveted title ahead of eight other contenders at the Ergon Energy Tidy Towns Regional Awards yesterday.

Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland CEO Carole Miller said Airlie Beach demonstrated a high level of achievement across the competition criteria and should be proud of its success.

"Pride is the key to becoming the Tidiest Town," she said.

"Airlie Beach has pride in its appearance, in its history, in its environment and most importantly in its youth and future."

A contingent of 10 Whitsunday representatives, including some Whitsunday Regional Councillors, attended the ceremony in Mackay yesterday.

Speaking from the ceremony, Whitsunday Regional Council Deputy Mayor Rogin Taylor said the title was a testament to the work of council staff.

"It's a real acknowledgement of the effort and the pride that the staff take in beautifying our region," he said. The Whitsunday region received 10 awards in addition to the Tidiest Town gong, including best litter prevention and resource recovery in Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach's ability to cope with large crowds and tourists were cited as major contributors for the win.

'Airlie Beach is superbly organised to cope,' the judge justification read. 'The many existing dual litter bins are well signed and new bins continue to be added as the authorities carry out well structured waste management procedures.'

The judge justification stated council carried out well structured waste management and said the cruise ship welcoming system, Tourism Whitsunday Ambassador Program, was a plus for the area.

Airlie Beach will now join winners from nine other judging regions as finalists for the State Awards to be announced at a gala ceremony in Cairns on Monday, September 1.

The Whitsunday region is no stranger to tidy town awards. Proserpine was named Friendliest Town at regional and State level last year.

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