Stanley 2016 Tidy Towns Winner

Whether they’re lifetime residents or new arrivals, the people of Stanley share a pride in their town.“There’s very few houses you’ll see that you’ll think ‘that’s due for a coat of paint,’” said Peter Berry, who has lived in Stanley for the past 10 years.“ People come here and ask if we’re sponsored by Dulux.”

The picturesque township has taken out the title of Keep Australia Beautiful(KAB) Tasmanian Tidy Town for 2016.

But Tidy Town awards are judged on more than freshly-painted houses, manicured lawns and litter-free streets.The program recognises the efforts of communities to ensure towns remain vibrant and sustainable.

In Stanley’s case, the award is a celebration of the contribution of volunteers within the small town. Places and events including the Discovery Museum,Joe Lyons Cottage, Stanley Town Hall and Circular Head Show are all coordinated by volunteers.The award was presented on Friday at a function held in Triabunna, attended by 76 community leaders and volunteers.

Award judge Lesley Gardner congratulated residents on their commitment to the town.“The Stanley community take enormous pride in what it achieves,” she said.“The historic village of Stanley is a melting pot of history, architecture and culture, with many historical properties now restored to operate as cafes,shops and accommodation.” Ms Gardner added the town is close to a number of nature experiences,including Rocky Cape National Park and Savage River National Park.

Graham Wells has always called Stanley home and said he couldn’t imagine living elsewhere.“What keeps me here? Why would I go anywhere else?” he said“Just around the corner you’ve got shops, you’ve got interaction with the community, you’ve got a spectacular landscape.“Whenever you’re in a bit of strife, the whole community gets behind you.”

Mr Wells said the small town has a lot to offer its residents.“You can get involved in parks and Landcare, you can get involved with the agricultural show or the heritage centres,” he said.Stanley’s award was dedicated to Mr Wells’ wife, Maxine – a beloved and hardworking member of the Stanley community who passed away suddenly in May.The town was also presented with certificates of excellence in the Heritage and Culture category for Betty Jones, Highfield, Stanley Discovery Museum and Joe Lyons House Cottage Committee.

This story was published in the Advocate on 22nd August 2017
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