Beautifiers’ efforts rewarded
WINDY and wet as Friday was, Te Awamutu’s beauty was there for all to see as the Variety Bash Gumboot Rally rumbled through town. The buildings in heritage colours and cherry trees in bloom provided a wonderful backdrop for the parade. (Rally report will be published Thursday.) 263051AD
By Cathy Asplin
Take a bow Keep Te Awamutu Beautiful.
The dedicated local band of volunteers has been instrumental in achieving a Beautiful Town Award for Te Awamutu. Our town was named winner of the 8,000 - 20,000 population category at the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards, which was announced at the KNZB conference in Wellington.
While KTAB is justifiably proud of the award, Immediate Past-President of KTAB Bobbie Fladgate is quick to point out that it is not just this one organisation that can take credit for the Beautiful Town Award.
“It’s a community effort really - from the council and community board to schools, groups and individuals. Everyone that cares for our community can share in this accolade.”
The award is judged in three major areas - Litter Abatement, Civic Pride and Beautification. Out-of-town judges scrutinised the annual report and impressive booklet compiled by Mrs Fladgate to see evidence of these aspects in Te Awamutu. Amongst the pages were the monthly and annual community awards (including new awards such as the Edible Garden, Environmental Youth Award and Supreme Award), Arbor Day plantings, Environmental Officers, Daffodil Day support (using some of the 56,000 daffodils planted by KTAB), Sculpture Park developments and education programmes for the next generation.
The Beautiful Town Award follows hot on the heels of a district award for KTAB in the Heritage and Environment section of the recent 2005 Trust Power Waipa District Community Awards.
Not one to rest on its laurels, however, KTAB has plenty more work in the pipeline. As well as continuing with all of the previously listed projects, members have set their sights on developing Pioneer Walk (from the netball courts to the sculpture park) and creating an impressive entrance for the sculpture park.
Mrs Fladgate says KTAB has been thrilled with the award and feedback that they have received.
“It’s been lovely to get some recognition for our work, but it’s largely because of the great support we receive from our community that we can keep developing these projects and achieving more for our town.”
So what better way to celebrate a Beautiful Town Award than by getting in behind KTAB’s annual spring cleanup week?