Award confirms Bingara as NSW’s Friendliest Town

November 25, 2007

On the same day that Australia was voting in a new federal government, another selection was taking place in the town of Leeton.

The NSW Tidy Town’s Awards were conducted over 3 days in Leeton, last year’s overall Tidy Town winner. Of a number of categories that received awards this year, Bingara was a finalist in two, the Community Co-operative Partnership and the Most Friendly Town.

Bingara and District Vision 20/20 and the Gwydir Shire Council supported the two nominations which were submitted by GSC’s Community Support Officer, Rachel Gleeson.

On Saturday afternoon Dr Alison McIntosh, the regional assessor for Keep Australia Beautiful – Tidy Towns Awards, contacted Bingara to announce that they had won the award category for MOST FRIENDLY TOWN 2007. Bingara also received a Highly Commended Award for the Community Co-operative Partnership which focused on the shared efforts of Vision 20/20 and the GSC.

This is a wonderful achievement for Bingara. Across the New England – North West, only Tamworth and Boggabri were finalists in any category this year.

Unfortunately there was no representative from Bingara on hand in Leeton to receive the award. Dr McIntosh said that she hoped to call in to Bingara during this week to present the Award to the community.

Submitted by Rick Hutton – Secretary Bingara and District VISION 20/20. Ph: 0428 255 380.