Avenue of Honour earns nomination nod

Published on 22 September 2017

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Stawell’s Avenue of Honour is in the running for a Tidy Towns Victoria award after earning a nomination in the Community Government Partnerships category.

The Avenue of Honour project, which saw Northern Grampians Shire Council work in partnership with the Stawell RSL, Stawell Rotary and the Stawell Lions Club, involved the establishment of a ne Shrine recognising the sacrifice of local servicemen and women outside the Stawell Library, along with the planting of trees in Stawell’s Patrick Street, with each tree bearing a small plaque display the service number of an Australian soldier. The finished project was officially opened during the 2016 Remembrance Day celebrations. The project, which was made possible thanks to Victorian State Government funding, has already attracted recognition, earning the Local Hero Award during the 2017 NGSC Australia Day celebrations.

NGSC Mayor, Cr Tony Driscoll, said the nomination was just reward for a significant partnership between a number of community groups and Council. “This nomination is a shining example of the sorts of outcomes that can be achieved when the community and Council work together to achieve a common goal,” Cr Driscoll said. “I know Council is extremely proud of the success of this project and is thankful for the hard work and partnership of the Stawell RSL, the Stawell Lions Club and Stawell Rotary.” The Tidy Town awards encourage, motivate and celebrate sustainability achievements of rural and regional communities across Australia.

Councillor Dick Gross, Chairman of the Keep Victoria Beautiful Board says "Congratulations to all the 2017 Tidy Town Finalists. There were outstanding applications in all categories. I am very excited to meet the finalists at the awards ceremony in Horsham on 25 November, 2017." Tickets for the awards ceremony go on sale on 25 September, 2017. Head to www.kvb.org.au to purchase tickets to the event.