Dorrigo cleans up act to host Tidy Towns awards

AS Dorrigo prepares to host the NSW Tidy Towns awards at the weekend, the town is also looking towards future Tidy Town projects.

The Dorrigo Tidy Towns Committee is proud of its track record, winning six of eight categories and the overall State title last year.

“Tidy Towns is not just about beautification, but it's an important initiative to bring together local communities, providing economic and environmental benefits,” committee chairman Dave Hitchcock said.

“It has been estimated that last year alone, 90,000 volunteer hours went into community initiatives. But these projects don't just need volunteers, they require funding. “We have a very active community at Dorrigo but we want to focus on getting things done - not on fundraising. That's why we talked to the Chamber of Commerce and decided to establish the Dorrigo Community Future Fund and to register the fund with our local community credit union, BCU, as a recipient organisation for donations from their community saver accounts.

“BCU has offered to donate one percent of the average annual savings held in community saver accounts where locals nominate the Dorrigo Community Future Fund as the recipient.

“And it's a fee-free account so there are no strings attached.”

“Without the community saver account, there is limited capacity for small communities to undertake community projects but by building funds together, everyone benefits.”

The fund will be administered by the Chamber, and community groups can apply for supplementary funding from the benefits of this account.

BCU will have information about the community saver account at the Dorrigo markets in Hickory Street on Saturday.

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