Dimboola Town Committee members Kaylene Peitsch, Jan Ballard,  Cr Tony Schneider, Cr Debra Nelson, Chris Johnson
Dimboola Town Committee members Kaylene Peitsch, Jan Ballard, Cr Tony Schneider, Cr Debra Nelson, Chris Johnson

Dimboola has finally become the tidiest town in Victoria after 19 years of hard work and involvement in Keep Victoria Beautiful Tidy Towns Award.

Last Saturday night a group of nine enthusiastic residents from Dimboola attended the presentations dinner at Beechworth, when Dimboola was announced the Tidy Town of the year.

Audrey Hurst had previously entered Dimboola into the Tidy Towns competition for 16 years picking up a Dame Phyllis Frost Award along the way.

Dimboola Tidy Town ambassador, Jan Ballard had taken on the role for the last three years since Ms Hurst had left Dimboola. Mrs Ballard finally had her moment when the announcement was made.

The Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Dr Gillian Sparkes presented Mrs Ballard the trophy.

Hindmarsh Youth Councillor, Danni Habiech also won the Youth Leader Award category for her work in the community. Miss Haebich is the first Dimboola recipient of the award.

Dimboola Town Committee volunteers were also awarded the 2018 Community Action and Leadership for under 3,000 population award.

Kaylene Peitsch accepted the award on behalf of the town committee.

KVB board member Carly Wickenton presents the  2018 Community Action and Leadership under 3,000 population award to Kaylene Peitsch
KVB board member Carly Wickenton presents the 2018 Community Action and Leadership under 3,000 population award to Kaylene Peitsch

The Dimboola VRI and the Dimboola Water Ski and Boating Club were both highly commended for their submissions.

Mrs Ballard accepted the award and spoke about the great town of Dimboola.

“Not only Horsham has the beautiful Wimmera River,” she said.

“We have a fantastic community in Dimboola, who had just been awarded $200,000 through Pick My Project  to clean up the hotel site, destroyed by fire in 2003.”

“This award has been the work of many people over many years. The volunteers of Dimboola do an amazing job,” said Mrs Ballard.

Ms Haebich told the audience how she loves living in Dimboola.

“I am truly grateful for the opportunities Dimboola has given me in my life, this is a fantastic community and I just love it,” said Miss Haebich.

Hindmarsh Shire Councilors, Cr Debra Nelson and Cr Tony Schneider both attended the the function to represent the Hindmarsh Shire Council and the Dimboola Town Committee.

Dimboola will now compete for the national title in Tasmania in April next year. As winners of this years award, Dimboola will host next years award night bringing hundreds of people to Dimboola and an opportunity to showcase the community.

Mrs Ballard said, “we can not rest on our laurels. We will bring many people to town to inspect our tidy town, so we need to keep working on our presentation and keep tidying up.”

The community needs to keep doing its bit.

Audrey Hurst , Kaylene Peitsch and Jan Ballard revel in the glory with the trophy in Beechworth last Sunday.
Audrey Hurst , Kaylene Peitsch and Jan Ballard revel in the glory with the trophy in Beechworth last Sunday.