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Last year Julie wrote an interesting post on the Tidy Towns Awards (I can't find it to link to it). It mentioned that Lithgow was last year's winner among some controversy. That made me keep an eye out for the inevitable sign announcing this triumph.

Learn more about the interesting industrial city Lithgow at 100 towns.


  1. I would like to know more about the people in Australia. I confess I never heard about Wiradjuri. Great sign.

    1. Most Australians are not terribly familiar with the indigenous nations that populated the areas where they live but there is a real effort these days to acknowledge them and for us to understand more.

    2. I recently posted a story relevant to the Wriadjuri people. The Wiradjuri nation once covered an area larger than most European countries. The extent of this country is acknowledged in signage in inland areas of New South Wales

  2. You always know when you hit Lithgow that you're on the other side of the mountains.

  3. Was it controversial because the town is industrial?

  4. Was it controversial because the town is industrial?

  5. Was it controversial because the town is industrial?

  6. Golly, Winam is insistent today? No. No, not industrial. It became all political. Rubbing of feet under desks, masonic handshakes and stuff. Not based upon the merits of the individual town cases, but upon influence and geographic balance.

    You can't find the link, because I took my labels off. I was not using them properly and they became a mess.

  7. The controversy was manufactured by a few malcontents. Lithgow is a beacon for Keep Australia Beautiful. It was an industrial town that totally changed its image over a period of 20 years. Lithgow also provides a model for other towns as its numerous Tidy Towns successes are based on community networking and community action. I was proud to lead one of the community groups that hosted 2011 Tidy Towns awards in Lithgow last November. Hundreds Tidy Towns delegates from all over New South Wales were gobsmacked by what the Lithgow community has achieved in areas such as environmental management and heritage, and the things the community continues to achieve. Community alliances in Lithgow are strong, active and achieve great things.

  8. Oh, I can't think too many American towns would earn or care about being tidy. People love to throw their trash.


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