Esperance in running for Tidy Towns state title

The competition is run annually by Keep Australia Beautiful. Photo: Jesinta Burton.
The competition is run annually by Keep Australia Beautiful. Photo: Jesinta Burton.

One of Australia's peak environmental protection bodies has announced that Esperance is a finalist in four categories in this year's Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards.

The Keep Australia Beautiful Board made the announcement on Tuesday, August 13, with Esperance named among 33 other towns vying for the awards.

The annual competition is designed to recognise the dynamic, innovative and inspirational work of regional communities nationwide.

Esperance is a finalist in the Overall State Award Title, as well as the Young Legends, Environmental Sustainability and General Appearance categories.

It was the work of Wongutha Christian Aboriginal Parent-Directed School's bushrangers to remove more than 2,500 Victoria Tea Tree plants from Lake Monjingup that secured Esperance a spot in the finals for the Young Legends award.

The project was conducted in partnership with the Shire of Esperance and Esperance Weeds Action Group

The Shire of Esperance's efforts to restore the dune system at Fourths Beach saw it nominated for the Environmental Sustainability category, after more than 1,000 seedlings were planted to combat the extensive erosion.

The four brand new murals painted across the Esperance townsite over the last 12 months earned Esperance a place as a finalist in the General Appearance category. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

The four brand new murals painted across the Esperance townsite over the last 12 months earned Esperance a place as a finalist in the General Appearance category. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

The shire's environmental officers coordinated a volunteer effort to plant the seedlings, which included assistance from the Esperance Senior High School bushrangers, Wongutha Christian Aboriginal Parent-Directed School and those from the Work For The Dole Program.

The restoration project was funded by the Western Australian Planning Commission and the Esperance Weeds Action Group.

The four brand new murals painted across the Esperance townsite over the last 12 months earned Esperance a place as a finalist in the General Appearance category.

The Wanju Nyungar Boodja Mural Project was born through a partnership between Esperance Community Arts, Seawater Families, Escare and Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation.

In April, world-renowned artist Matt Adnate unveiled a portrait of Tom Bullen on the Esplanade, who played a crucial role in the Native Title Claim more than two decades ago.

The mural was one of three to be completed, with local Nyungar artists and other community members participating in the project to learn new skills and share cultural knowledge over four arts workshops.

The Shire of Esperance commissioned a mural at the Esperance Scout Hall, coordinated by local artist Esti Nagy and with contribution from members of the local scout group and the community.

The mural was unveiled in December, 2018, as part of the annual Edge of the Bay Event.

Esperance Scout Group members outside the Scout Hall with the new mural. Photo: Jesinta Burton.

Esperance Scout Group members outside the Scout Hall with the new mural. Photo: Jesinta Burton.

Shire of Esperance chief executive officer Matthew Scott said it was great to see the fantastic work of the community recognised and thanked everyone involved.

"The recognition of the fantastic work that is being achieved in our community is great to see," Mr Scott said.

"We are fortunate to live in a beautiful location and have passionate community members, and shire staff, who want to make a positive difference."

The winners of the 2019 Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards will be announced in Perth on October 25.