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Central Desert Shire wins Territory Tidy Towns

Central Desert Shire won 2 major awards at the Territory Tidy Towns Awards on Saturday night.

Our Central Australian Waste Management Program took out the Best Waste Management Initiative award, in conjunction with Mac Shire and Barkly Shire, for our regional partnership.

This recognised the great work all 3 Shires have done with landfill upgrades, and demonstrates the value of a collaborative regional partnership. This initiative was funded by the NTG Dept of Health, assisted by LGANT (the Local Government Association of the NT), hosted by Central Desert Shire, coordinated by Geof Taylor (using Dept Health funds) and enacted by our hard working Core Services staff in each community. Congratulations to all parties involved.

The Yuendumu landfill won the NT’s Most Improved Landfill (Tip Top Tip) award. This is a great achievement for a landfill that was looking rather sad at the start of this year.

The Shire developed a master plan at the start of 2013 which was enacted masterfully by the Yuendumu works crew, led ably by the RSM and the Yuendumu field with significant assistance from our Landfill Upgrade manager. The team filled and covered several open (full) rubbish pits, set up a recycling drop off area, locked the fenced compound, set up a cardboard disposal pit for the stores’ cardboard, set up a new car body area, set up a scrap metal area and are on the verge of opening an Asbestos disposal pit. This will be the very first Asbestos disposal pit for any Shire in the NT. All up, it has been an exceptional effort by all and the landfill is now ‘best practice’.

 Well done Central Desert Shire.