The Keep Australia Beautiful Tasmania Sustainable Communities/Tidy Towns Awards Overall Winner for 2019 is Wilmot.
Wilmot, with a population of less than 400 people, is a small village in North-West Tasmania. When the Forth River was dammed to create Lake Barrington in the 1960’s the economic and social isolation devastated the previously thriving community of Wilmot. But the resilience and the warm hearts of the people prevailed.
State Judge, Lesley Gardner said, “The sense of community, connectedness and care for each other in Wilmot was overwhelming. Wilmot’s can-do attitude and the generous and optimistic outlook of the people who live there truly capture the spirit of the Tidy Towns program.”
More than 80 novelty letterboxes provide a humorous and unusual attraction and the Street Library is a wonderful way to share a love of reading and make new friends. The Wilmot Museum is a treasure trove honouring the rich history of this spectacular region. The Weindorfer Memorial Event honours the vision of not only Gustav and Kate and the conservation of Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair but also the dedication of the North-West Walking Club. The 21 members of the Craft Group did a fantastic job fundraising with the ‘Biggest Morning Tea for Cancer Research’ and the refurbished hall is providing a popular venue for this most friendly and picturesque village.
Wilmot will now go on to represent Tasmania at the National Sustainable Communities Awards to be held in Alice Springs in April, 2020.
Photo by Sarah Mantje