KESAB awards a town effort

AFTER being named overall winner of the KESAB Sustainable Communities Awards in November last year Kimba walked away with a joint win in the Environmental Education at the Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Tidy Towns Awards in Barmera on Friday. 

After being named overall winner of the 2017 KESAB Sustainable Communities Award last year, Kimba automatically became the state representative at the national awards.

Kimba Community Development Group chairwoman Heather Baldock said Kimba’s national nomination covered six mandatory categories and included innovative and leading projects from the community. 

The town’s joint win in the Envornmental Education category had a strong focus on the Buckleboo Farm Improvement Project.

“The Roora Walking trail also played a part along with the council’s educational sessions with kindy and school students at the waste management and recycling depot,” Mrs Baldock said. 

It was projects like the silo art, the grey nomads volunteer program, the council waste management and modes of recycling to reduce landfill and water recycling schemes which saw the town receive three high commendations.

Mrs Baldock said the delegation from Kimba who attended the awards had time to network with the other towns who were also doing great things. 

“It was good to learn from everyone there but I think it’s something we need to digest and talk to the right groups about anything we might like to implement,” she said. 

Kimba mayor Dean Johnson said they were told by judge, Gail Langley. that Kimba had a very strong entry.

“Gail said she was impressed with the community’s innovation, not just because of the sheer number of projects,” he said. 

Ms Langley said Kimba  had a “fighting spirit to build their community and attract others to visit”.