Success is certainly circulating Kyogle's air at the moment.

During my recent visit to the shire I had the honour of presenting a number of awards to several high achievers.

Barkers Vale Public School, Bhaktivedanta Swami Gurukula School and Rainbow Ridge School for Steiner Education each received cheques from the NSW Environmental Trust for their exceptional environmental projects undertaken.

I was highly impressed by the work students from these schools were doing in creating and maintaining their own vegetable gardens. In doing so they are increasing their understanding first-hand of the need to reduce waste and to grow food locally and organically.

I was also fortunate enough to present local Jennie Richter with a Carers Award.

Jennie received the award for her significant efforts in caring for her son, supporting him through sickness to recovery. Her award was announced as part of 2010 National Carers Week, which ran from 17 23 October.

Congratulations again to all of these worthy recipients.

My Kyogle visit also saw me open the new premises for accounting business WHK on behalf of developers Allan Marsh & Co and the tenants, WHK.

Located at 1 Wyangarie Street, the site is well known in the local community where the Leveretts Cordial Factory once stood. I was interested to see the display inside the WHK building containing relics of the construction site of the historic cordial company - a fitting tribute to the heritage of the site.

Kyogle continued its winning streak by receiving five awards at the 2011 Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Celebration Weekend held in Lockhart, November 5-7.

The Kyogle Community took out first place in the Bush Spirit Award for Kyogle Tidy Town's Sponsorship Program and placed third in the Overall Tidy Towns Award.

Kyogle High School received a Highly Commended in the Waste Management and Litter Reduction Award for its 'Red, yellow, green, let's keep Kyogle High School clean' project. The school was also awarded a second highly commended for the Schools Environment Award, which it also received last year.

Kyogle Council also took out first place in the Water Conservation Award for its Waste Water Wetland Hydroponic Project. This great project highlights the expertise of Council staff and showcases Council's ongoing commitment to the environment.

My congratulations to all involved in these worthy projects, in particular to Kyogle Tidy Town's volunteer members and President Ian Judd. I was fortunate enough to be at Lismore airport when Ian returned home with the good news. It was obvious and so pleasing to see how thrilled he was with their success. Kyogle Tidy Town's hard work is certainly paying off and making a positive difference to the entire community. Keep up the good work!

(Christmas message from Thomas)

As 2010 draws to a close, and we come together with family and friends to celebrate the festive season, Deborah and I, together with my staff, Bronwyn, Annie, Chris and Nerida wish you all and happy and holy Christmas with good health and happiness in 2011.

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