We're still winners

EVERYONE likes to win ? but when claiming the prize eliminates the good in playing, there are no winners.

At least that was the theory Rockhampton's parks and gardens director Tom Wyatt was subscribing to last night after learning the city had fallen short in its bid to be crowned Queensland's tidiest town for 2005.

Redcliffe captured the prestigious title at the Ergon Energy Tidy Towns awards in Brisbane.

But for Mr Wyatt the real rewards came from teamwork and playing the game for the good of the city.

"You look at the publicity we get from being shortlisted (Rocky was one of eight finalists from 212 entrants) and it's great for the city,'' he said.

Mr Wyatt said the exposure was helping Rocky shake the tag of being a "hot, dry and dusty cow town''.

"More people are seeing us as a destination, not just somewhere you stop off on your way through (the region).

"We've got a long way to go (to change people's perceptions) but we're getting there.''

Mr Wyatt said the attitudes of council, business and residents had changed.



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