Kurri Kurri Tidy Towns Commitee
Kurri Kurri Tidy Towns Committee was formed in 1988, initiated by the then labour councillor, Errol Kennedy. Kurri Kurri Tidy Towns was formed to include the smaller townships of Pelaw Main, Spion Kop, Stanford Merthyr, Heddon Greta, Loxford and Cliftleigh. Support has come from all sectors of the community, and with a very active committee, the town and its projects have received many awards from Keep Australia Beautiful N.S.W.
Kurri Kurri received the overall state winners award in 1993 as the tidiest town in N.S.W. As a result of winning the prestigious state award, Kurri Kurri hosted the following year’s 1994 “Keep Australia Beautiful” awards presentation weekend, which was a huge undertaking for the committee, with Kurri Kurri hosting 700 visiting Tidy Town representatives from throughout the state.
The main benefit of the awards has been the recognition of the various community groups’ activities and the involvement of all sectors of the community. Projects undertaken by the committee in association with the community bodies include:
- Tree plantings, gardens and an underground watering system, and construction of new brick entry at the cemetery
- Design, fabrication, and erection of a town clock
- Heritage trail walk
- Fund raisers for much needed palliative care equipment
- the Heddon Greta to Kurri Kurri cycleway/walkway
- publication of “Visions of Yesteryear”
- Home of the Month awards as well as Tidy Home and Yard certificates
- Licensed walking access along old Stanford Railway line to form part of a heritage/nature walk, and upgrading 1.5 km of walking surface
- In partnership with the Towns with Heart Inc committee, development of the mural project and Kurri Kurri centenary celebrations in 2002, the annual Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival & Cruise weekends since 2004, and still running.
- Signage Structures of local cultural heritage images and local sporting champions who have represented the town nationally and internationally
- Compilation of an LGA walking trail booklet in association with Samaritans and Cessnock City Council
- Renewal and upgrading works to gardens and signage at Log of Knowledge and Chalmers Parks in partnership with Kurri Weston Greening Group and Cessnock City Council.
- Planting an advanced Norfolk Island Pine tree in Rotary Park to serve as a future community Christmas tree.
- Obtaining funding grants for 130 metres of 1.8m wide concrete pathway through Log of Knowledge Park and the purchase of a flatscreen TV and DVD player for the Kurri Kurri Visitors’ Information Centre
- In conjunction with the Towns With Heart Inc. committee, the construction of the Big Kookaburra statue in Rotary Park in 2009, with sponsorship from Hydro Aluminium, Kurri Kurri.
- Publication of a new community information brochure and map, and a 40 page heritage photographic booklet, A Peek at the Past, for publication.
The Kurri Kurri Tidy Town committee is very proud of its work within the community. This has been made possible with the assistance and co-operation of Cessnock City Council, local councillors and dedicated sponsors, community groups, volunteers and Kurri Kurri District Business Chamber and associated businesses.