Rutherglen 'a real beauty'

October 19, 2017

Frances Walsh and Jo Waring looking at the mosaic that is a finalist in the Keep Victoria Beautiful awards.

Frances Walsh and Jo Waring inspecting the bollards that are a finalist in the Keep Victoria Beautiful awards.

Fr. Brian Carey playing Rutherglen’s community piano which is a finalist in the Keep Victoria Beautiful awards.

All four Rutherglen nominations for the Keep Victoria Beautiful 2017 Tidy Town Awards have been selected for the state finals, including one that has been making its own noise – a community piano.

A second-hand piano has been parked at various businesses along the main street of Rutherglen, giving locals and visitors a chance to tickle the ivories.

The Tidy Town awards recognise and celebrate positive actions taken by communities in rural and regional areas across Australia to protect and enhance their environments.

They encompass initiatives such as litter prevention, recycling, protection of the environment, preserving heritage, community action and leadership and environmental sustainability programs.

Rutherglen Co-ordinator of Tidy Towns and Sustainable Communities Frances Walsh is excited to see all four entries announced as finalists in the renowned awards.

Frances said the awards had a positive effect on residents taking pride in the appearance of their town and its environs.

Rutherglen’s finalist entries include - Cultural Heritage: Music on Wheels (the community piano); Environmental Sustainability: Birds of a Feather Part 2 (a mosaic project); Young Leaders: Do the Arthur Mann Walk and Community Action and Leadership: On the Trail.

Rutherglen is also in the running for Tidy Town of the Year as a result of its success in making the finalist list with four entries.

Keep Victoria Beautiful Judge Robbie Rae visited Rutherglen on August 21 with four other judges who have travelled across the state to inspect the entries.

Robbie commented on the great initiative of the community piano that is covered in sheet music as part of its design.

“I was told that not a day goes by that someone doesn’t have a tinkle and it’s perfectly in tune,” she said.

“The piano is rolled out at different businesses up and down the main street.”

The awards opened on May 31 and closed on July 18, with judging taking place throughout August.

State finalists will gather at Horsham on November 25 for the awards presentation.

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