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7 November 2001

Slack-Smith supports Lightning Ridge beautification

Ian Slack-Smith with members of the IBC committee and Maddilyn Dowdle at the planting ceremony

When the Lightning Ridge Improvement and Beautification Committee was formed with the aim of "improving and beautifying" the facade of Lightning Ridge, National Party Member for Barwon Ian Slack-Smith was keen to support it.

On Thursday, November 1, Mr Slack-Smith made the trip to visit the Opal Capital to officially announce the completion of Stage One of the beautification project, "The Bougainvillea Way". Directed by committee members and enthusiastic locals Mr Slack-Smith planted the last of the bougainvilleas in the first section of "The Bougainvillea Way" along with Cliff Bennett representing the Opal Ridge Nursery and Maddilyn Dowdle, the youth of Lightning Ridge. Mr Slack-Smith congratulated the community and the Lightning Ridge IBC on their combined proactiveness and vision for their town. "This project demonstrates a singular pride in Lightning Ridge and as these young plants grow, so too will the beauty and appeal of this town," he said. "The Bougainvillea Way will help to create an inviting and pleasant environment for the residents of Lightning Ridge and will also help to promote and encourage tourism by beautifying the general appearance of the town," Mr Slack-Smith said.

He encouraged the Lightning Ridge IBC to continue its good work towards beautifying the town. "It is through the dedication of individuals and committees such as yours, that rural towns will continue not only to prosper but also to advance and grow," Mr Slack-Smith said. Mr Slack-smith said work would now begin on the second stage of "The Bougainvillea Way along the opposite side of the street, creating an avenue of beautiful plants.

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