THE Strathallan Family Landcare Group has won the protection of the environment category in the Keep Victoria Beautiful 2017 Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities Awards.
Running in Victoria since 1983, the Tidy Towns program sets out to recognise the hard work undertaken by individuals and groups in rural communities, and share these best practices and ideas broadly to continue to improve Victoria’s vibrant rural towns.
Victorian Tidy Towns judge Ron Williamson said the Strathallan group “has had an incredibly positive impact on the conservation and protection of the local environment”.
“They have made and installed more than 300 nest boxes along the Campaspe River Reserve from Rochester to Echuca,” Mr Williamson said.
“Now they are working with the Victorian government to install a further 150 boxes along the river through Echuca and the Victoria Park reserve,” he said.
Keep Victoria Beautiful chief executive Sabina Wills described the Strathallan Family Landcare Group as the “perfect example of what passion and love of the local environment can achieve”. She said the group continued to provide a place to learn, share information about insects, animals, plants and a broad range of other environmental issues.
The winners’ book is available at www.kvb.org.au