Keep Dunedin Beautiful chairwoman Jan Tucker (left) and awards co-ordinator Darlene Thomson (centre) present the category A visitor attraction award to Orokonui Ecosanctuary general manager Chris Baillie on Tuesday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Larnach Castle and Orokonui Ecosanctuary have been presented
with the inaugural Keep Dunedin Beautiful visitor attraction
The judging panel of i-Site team leader Louise Van De Vlierd,
Dunedin City Council waste contractor Peter Moroney and Keep
Dunedin Beautiful co-ordinator Darlene Thomson visited the
businesses on November 20 and assessed them on the impression
they made on visitors.
''This included how visually appealing any buildings,
gardens, car parks, walkways and window displays were from
the outside and at any reception area,'' Mrs. Thomson said
''We were also very keen to see how their rubbish and
recycling facilities were done and their availability to the
The category A award, for under 50,000 visitors during 2011,
was presented to Orokonui Ecosanctuary.
''The judges felt that for such a new attraction they had an
awful lot to offer.
''We were particularly impressed with their almost 'no waste
to landfill' policy and the fact every part of the attraction
was in keeping with the ecology of the attraction, from flax
sugar-holders to recycled macrocarpa tables and benches.''
The runner-up was Lady Thorn Dell.
The category B award, for over 50,000 visitors during 2011,
was presented to Larnach Castle, which the panel described as
Fletcher House and Careys Bay Historic Hotel were shortlisted
in the category B award.