NUNDLE is in the running for the top tidy title in the country.
The former gold-rush town was named NSW’s tidiest town in November and will battle for the national title in Victor Harbor this week.
On Friday the town hopes to clean up at the awards ceremony in South Australia.
Tamworth Regional Council mayor Col Murray and a troupe of Tidy Towns Committee members will travel to Victor Harbor in the hope of bringing home the big prize.
The Australian Tidy Towns program recognises the hard work undertaken by individuals and groups in rural communities and shares these best practices and ideas, to continue to improve our important rural towns.
National judge Dick Olesinski visited Nundle in February as part of the judging tour, to compare it to six other finalists across the country.
“The efforts of Nundle are outstanding, and our finalists this year provide excellent showcases of how towns around the nation are implementing practical projects that help local communities achieve an efficient and sustainable future,” Mr Olesinski said.
Nundle won the state title with initiatives including the conservative estimate of 23,000 volunteer hours over the past 12 months, litter-reduction initiatives, and the Go for Gold Chinese Easter Festival.
“This beautiful town thrives on volunteering and partnerships with their stakeholders,” national chief executive officer Peter McLean said.
“The Go for Gold festival is a notable achievement for such a small town.”
Nationally, the Tidy Towns program received 360 entrants and 1300 category submissions across councils, shires, community groups, schools and individuals.
Other state and territory finalists include Mundubbera in Queensland, Sheffield in Tasmania, Wangaratta in Victoria, Walpole in Western Australia, Kingston South East in South Australia, and Titjikala in the Northern Territory.