TIDY Towns volunteers usually go about their business with a minimum of fuss, barely seen and rarely heard.
Their contribution is never underestimated, but the small number of dedicated volunteers are about to become much more visible.
Due to Roads and Maritime Service (RMS), police and Workcover directives, the Wagga Tidy Towns sustainability and community committee has been forced to ensure safety of its members at all times.
While they are cleaning up many streets and parks throughout the city, they will now be wearing high-visibility vests, signage will be displayed to warn motorists, and a roadside amber light will be flashing.
Wagga Tidy Towns chairman John Rumens said the committee could not have met its safety obligations without the support of sponsors.
NRMA awarded the committee a $2000 grant to allow it to purchase signs while Avis Riverina and other Wagga businesses chipped in to cover additional costs.
“We take pride in the appearance of the city, especially the open areas,” Mr Rumens said.
“If they are clean it gives a good impression and encourages people to stop in the city.”
NRMA Motoring Services community business manager Steven Kimball said accident prevention and safety was a major focus of the business.
“Part of that is assisting groups to maintain safety and offer them the most protection money can afford,” Mr Kimball said.