Thiru Murugan

It's official: Dorrigo is a legend in the making

THEY might not have won the big one, but yesterday Dorrigo supporters were still pretty happy to be coming home with the national Young Legends Award following the annual Tidy Towns Awards in Hobart on Saturday night.

Dorrigo High School's head science teacher, Ian Judd, said the win was fantastic acknowledgement of the environmental efforts of the school's students.

"The award acknowledges innovative environmental education programs," Mr Judd said.

"This is not only an accolade for Dorrigo but also for the efforts of the entire Coffs Coast Youth Environment Council, which now has the support of 28 schools in the area.

"It is fantastic recognition of the huge effort so many people have put in and also that we are doing the right thing."

Fellow Youth Council pioneer, Karangi School principal Kath Puddey, said the award was a real credit to the students who had been the driving force behind the council since its inception at the end of 2005.

"You can see a real difference now in the focus given to environmental education at the schools," Mrs Puddey said.

"This type of recognition indicates to the kids they are being listened to and taken seriously.

"And that their programs aimed at making a difference in the way we do things day-to-day are worthwhile."

Yesterday weary Dorrigo supporters were making their way home.

Chairman of the Dorrigo Tidy Town Committee, Dave Hitchcock, said while they had thought they were in with a good chance, the final result didn't end up in Dorrigo's favour.

"Toowoomba took out the big prize," Mr Hitchcock said.

"It's hard competing with a city of 100,000 people but we won the Young Legends Award, which was very well-deserved.

"Now its full-steam ahead for the 2008 State Tidy Town Awards, which Dorrigo is hosting in November."

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