Five winners will share in $2250 in prizes after the Clean Up Broken Hill Weeding Competition was judged today.
The competition was held by Council to encourage locals to help combat weeds in the city, and attracted some impressive entries.
The $2250 prize pool, which was donated by Council and local businesses, was split five ways, with a winner drawn from each of the city's traditional football zones, and a fifth prize awarded for ‘best effort’.
A judging panel consisting of Mayor Darriea Turley, Tidy Towns Committee Chair Christine Adams and Council's Environment, Waste and Recycling Specialist Libby Guest, spent almost an hour scrutinising before-and-after photos in the 'best effort' competition.
After much deliberation, the panel selected Daniel Kennedy as the 'best effort' winner and recipient of a $450 gift voucher to Shannon Electrics.
Mayor Darriea Turley said the judging process had been extremely difficult.
"There were so many great efforts in the competition, it led to a lot of discussion before we could all settle on a winner," she said.
"We ended up choosing Daniel as he cleared a number of nature strips around the West neighbourhood and removed a heap of weeds from around the West Football Club and Bill Renfrew Oval."
Daniel, a 27 year-old father of two, said the competition was an opportunity for him to help clean up the West, and show the city what hard work can achieve.
"I'm currently looking for work and I wanted to show the city that I'm a hard worker and that I'd put in a real effort, and in the end I got the results," he said.
"The other thing is that the city needs the clean up. It was only a few years ago that we won Tidy Towns.
"I think a lot of people think everyone else is going to do all the work, it's that old Aussie motto of 'she'll be right mate, let someone else do it'.
"But if everyone has that motto, nothing gets done around town."
A draw was also held to randomly select a winner from each of the city's football zones for a $450 gift certificate from sponsor businesses.
The winners were Bob Dyson (West, Pots'n'Plants), Rod Murray (North, Stihl Shop), Fay Whitfield (South, Adkins True Value Hardware), and Randel Green (Central, Globe Timber and Hardware).
The judges also selected Central as the winning zone, with the black and whites submitting almost twice as many entries as other zones.
"Each zone had some amazing individual efforts, but Central really led the way when it came to embracing the idea and getting involved," said Cr Turley.
"But I'd like to thank everyone who participated in the competition, and also the businesses who offered their generous support.
"Council have said we need a community effort if we want to get our streets looking their best, so it was pleasing to see locals showing that Broken Hill pride, and working together to beautify our city."
All winners will be contacted by Council today.
'Best Effort' winner Daniel Kennedy is pictured at one of the many blocks he cleaned up as part of the competition.