Quest for Tidy Towns gong

Declan BushAugusta Margaret River Times
Chamber president Sue Beilken and streetscaper Janey Baker hope residents will help Augusta win the Tidy Towns award.
Camera IconChamber president Sue Beilken and streetscaper Janey Baker hope residents will help Augusta win the Tidy Towns award. Credit: Declan Bush

The Augusta Chamber of Commerce hopes its recent spruce-up of the main street will help it win a Tidy Towns award this year.

Chamber president Sue Beilken said businesses and volunteers had installed planter boxes and gardens in recent years to add vibrancy to the town.

Mrs Beilken said Augusta would enter in the general appearance and community wellbeing categories.

“It’s about keeping Augusta beautiful,” she said.

“Tourism is our economy — keeping and welcoming a tourist into town is about appearance.

“If we’re going to embrace that once again, we have to lift ourselves and move forward.”

Mrs Beilken said the chamber would discuss ways to enhance the town’s appeal with the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.

She said clean-up bags were available at the Augusta Newsagency and outback packs for travellers from the Community Resource Centre.

Entries close on June 15 and the winners will go on to contest the national Tidy Towns competition.

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