With a population of about 1000, the small Wheatbelt town of Pingelly has has capped off a big year by being named the 2023 WA Tidy Towns Award winner. Pingelly punched above its weight at this year’s Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards — landing a trifecta as it claimed a win in the Heritage & Culture category while Dylan Cheney was awarded Young Legend. “It has been extraordinary,” Shire of Pingelly president Jackie McBurnie said. “When we accepted the award I had standing behind me all of the people who had been nominated and the award winners. “We had Dylan Chaney and Lee Steele and Evan Hodges from the Pingelly Somerset Alliance, they were nominated for the Community Action and Wellbeing Award for their project enabling older individuals to stay at home for longer.” The Heritage and Culture category win was received in recognition of a number of projects undertaken in Pingelly honouring the town’s past. “That award was won for several projects,” Ms McBurnie said. “Forming the Heritage and Museum Group, getting the sulky and buggies collection together, the Lost Pingelly website that is administered by Peter Narducci and the People of Pingelly project.” The inaugural Pingelly Heritage Weekend and restoration works undertaken by the Pingelly Men’s Shed also contributed to the win. “When I stood up on stage and accepted the award, I was supported by the whole community,” Ms McBurnie said. “We’re only a little community and we have won this State title over Albany, Greenbushes, Karratha, Port and South Hedland and Walpole, the other finalists. “When I look at what Pingelly has, it’s very much about the people, the relationships and the synergy — it’s an extraordinary testament to our community and the staff at the Shire office.” Environment Minister Reece Whitby congratulated the 2023 winners and finalists on setting an “inspirational example” for the State. “Pingelly is such a positive place to be at the moment, this is a really significant achievement,” Ms McBurnie said. “What I’d really like the community to do now is to get on board and celebrate with us. “We’re going to be having a dinner, the details aren’t finalised just yet, but we want as many people as possible to come and celebrate.” As the winner of the State award, Pingelly is now in the running for the National Tidy Town title which will announced at an event in Gascoyne Junction early next year.