Tidy Towns judges visit Collie

Tidy Towns judges Peter and Ronnie Ashton had the opportunity to speak to members of the shire and local community groups during their visit to the Coalfields Museum. Photo: Ashley Bolt
Tidy Towns judges Peter and Ronnie Ashton had the opportunity to speak to members of the shire and local community groups during their visit to the Coalfields Museum. Photo: Ashley Bolt

Tidy Towns judges Peter and Ronnie Ashton visited Collie recently to assess the town’s commitment to protecting the environment and enhancing the community.

With just two hours to spend in Collie on the morning of Monday, June 25, Mr and Mrs Ashton received a whirlwind tour around town.

Mr and Mrs Ashton were given a tour that included visits to the Coalfields Museum, Amaroo Primary School, St Brigid’s School and the Collie Art Gallery.

The judges had the opportunity to speak to volunteers at the museum and peruse the collection that encapsulates Collie’s heritage, while also meeting other community group representatives.

They then met students at Amaroo Primary School and St Brigid’s School to learn about the schools’ waste-wise programs, before taking in the man cave exhibition of recyclable artwork at the art gallery.

Collie Tidy Towns committee chairperson Nola Green said while the tour was brief, she felt it was successful.

“I couldn’t take them to all the places I wanted to take them, because we just didn’t have the time,” she said.

“It’s hard to measure [how the judging went] because we don’t know how the other towns are doing.

“I expect we should perform well in the Heritage and Culture category.”

The finallists for the Tidy Towns awards will be announced in August, with more judging done before the winners are announced on September 21.

Collie has a strong history in the competition, having won the national title in 2006, and the state titles in 2003 and 2005.