Dookie keeping Victoria beautiful

By James Bennett

Three Greater Shepparton community groups received a visit yesterday from Keep Victoria Beautiful.

Chief executive Sabina Wills visited Kialla Children's Centre, Tallygaroopna Primary School and Dookie & District Development Forum to present them with certificates for being announced as finalists in the The Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards.

Kialla Children's Centre is a finalist in the Active Schools Award for its children's garden.

Although Tallygaroopna Primary School received a visit, the town has been nominated in five separate categories including two for Cultural Heritage - Soldiers Memorial Hall and Rail Precinct.

Tallygaroopna Men's Shed is a finalist for the Community Government Partnership Award and in the Litter Prevention Award category for their cash for cans initiative.

Tallygaroopna Primary School is listed in the Active Schools Award for being a resource smart school.

Dookie Miltary Rally received a finalists nomination for Community Action & Leadership Award, while Dookie drum muster is in Litter Prevention.

The Cultural Heritage category has listed the Dookie Walking Track Signage as a finalist.

All Dookie nominations are initiatives of the Dookie & District Development Forum.

Ms Wills said she was impressed by the hard working volunteers who help create the initiatives.

“I love their can-do attitude,” Ms Wills said.

“These projects take time and the effort the volunteers do to obtain the finances and expertise is impressive.

“I love doing these visits because it beats sitting in an office all day.

“I don't pre-read anything before I come so when I arrive that's when I see and learn everything for the first time.

“The judges have done all the ground work and I think everybody deserves to be a winner so the judges really do have a tough task choosing a winner let alone the finalist.”

The Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities Awards Night will be held on October 26 in Dimboola, where winners of each award will be announced.