A Tidy effort from Cowra at 2019 Keep Australia Beautiful awards

Cowra Rotary member Bob Griffiths with one of the cards Cowra residents can use to donate to the club through Return and Earn.
Cowra Rotary member Bob Griffiths with one of the cards Cowra residents can use to donate to the club through Return and Earn.

Cowra Rotary Club was among a host of Cowra winners in the 2019 Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Sustainable Communities - Tidy Towns 2019 Awards.

Cowra Rotary won the Return and Earn Litter Prevention Award for Non-Profits in Category C (population 6,001-12,000) at the awards on Saturday, November 2 at the prestigious award ceremony.

Rotary won for its work assisting the whole community to access Return and Earn container deposit scheme and raising money for community projects.

Cowra Rotary members collect from elderly residents and others who have difficulty in getting to the Return and Earn centre, as well as collecting from several business houses, such as the Cowra Japanese Garden Café and Cowra Rugby Club.

People can also deliver straight to the Rotary collection point every Saturday.

By March 2019, the club had raised over $2,000 through Return and Earn to help develop Europa Park.

The Litter Prevention Award Category is supported by the Return and Earn NSW container deposit scheme.

Heritage and Culture Award

The Gooloogong Log Cabin's restoration project was recognised as the Category A winner for towns with a population up to 2000, taking out the Heritage and Culture Award.

Works completed at the Log Cabin since November last year include replacement of flooring and ceiling in the main hall and stage area, interior and exterior painting, repair of the projector room back to its original condition, reconfiguration of the bathrooms.

School's Environmental Achievement Award

Cowra's St Raphael's School was named the Category C winner of the School's Environmental Achievement Award for it's Eco Playground.

The Eco Playground is made up of vegetable gardens established by local farmer and parent, Alison Rutledge and Landcare.

It was initially built to teach children about food and where it came from.

A vegetable plot has been established for each year level at the school with the project relying on students to volunteer their time to tend the plants.