York has officially entered the Tidy Towns WA competition for 2013.

A small dedicated group of volunteers under the leadership of Janny Harris has been working to this end on Friday mornings for the past 12 months with excellent support from the Shire of York. The group is also grateful to the York Co-op for the donation of funds from the sale of bags which has helped to buy plants.

You will by now have noticed the York banners in Avon Terrace and Henrietta Street as well as the limestone planter boxes filled with red geraniums which are part of the beautification effort.

The Tidy Towns group aims are to clean, tidy, maintain and enhance a number of  locations including: The information bay; Balladong Street - entrance to Panmure Road; Top Beverley Road - island on Quairading/York Road; Howick Street car park; Northam Road town entrance around Attfield Road; Avon Terrace south to McCartney Street and the Ulster Road entrance to Barker street.

There are cemetery clean ups on the first Sunday of each month carried out by Julie Rae’s 'Friends of the Cemetery group' under the auspices of The York Society.
Meetings have also been held with representatives of various groups to move this project forward. If your organisation has not been involved, now is the time to pledge your support.

The  volunteers deserve our help. If you can spare an hour or two on a Friday morning be at the wagon on the corner Avon Terrace opposite Gull at 8.00am. You can also assist by cleaning up your verge and urging your friends and neighbours to do the same. The group urges the community to work together to make York the WA Tidy Town for 2013.

Judging for Tidy Towns takes place in August.  The 2013 state awards presentation will  take place in York this year.

Wendy Solly

ABOVE: Members of the tidy towns working group planting shrubs and bulbs in the garden at the intersection of Avon Terrace and Balladong Street recently. They are (L-R) Kaye Scott, Elaine Bennett, Janny Harris, Dot Durkin, Ian Crombie and Jan Connolly.