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Whanganui finalists in three Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards categories

Mainstreet Whanganui nominated the stretch of Victoria Ave from Taupo Quay to Ingestre St for the Best Street award. It recognises the New Zealand street that clearly stands out for its beauty, cleanliness, plantings and sense of community pride.

"It's not just about beauty," City Councilor Helen Craig said.

"It's around environmental initiatives you have undertaken. When I wrote a list of everything we have done in the last 12 months, it's extensive."

Initiatives included recycling rubbish bins installed as a trial in Majestic Square, bike stands throughout the central business district, water fountains, fairy lights installed by Mainstreet in co-operation with the Town Centre Regeneration Group as part of the Light Up the Night project, the public toilet in the Guyton-Ingestre block and the alleyway beside Embassy 3 in the bottom block, Craig said.

"We're forever cleaning pavements, sweeping leaves up, pulling out trees when they get too big and replacing them, having the cobbles redone - it's a huge commitment," she said.

"Mainstreet have done the heritage plaques, the ironwork that was green is being painted a beautiful black, there are the gaslights and hanging baskets and flowering beds.

The Town Centre Regeneration Group and Mainstreet have been working on a lot of initiatives."

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