“The extraordinary efforts of these groups and individuals to protect our environment are truly inspiring. Speaking up for our environment can be a tough and often thankless task. Yet strong community voices have been fundamental to every major environmental outcome ever achieved in Victoria.
“We thank these outstanding individuals and organisations and the many other people across Victoria working hard to protect our magnificent environment.These recognition awards are the first of what we hope will be an annual celebration of the community groups in Victoria working for a better environment for all.”
- Kelly O'Shanassy, CEO, Environment Victoria
And the winners are...
Held at the Melbourne Town Hall, the Inaugural Environment Celebration Awards recognised the achievements of eight remarkable individuals and groups who have made an outstanding contribution to the environment through community action.
Those recognised were:
MyEnvironment for their courageous work to protect forests and the endangered Leadbeater’s Possum in the Central Highlands;
The Moorabool Environment Group for their outstanding community campaign to stop new coal mining and the pollution and damage to farmland it will ensue, around Bacchus Marsh;
John Pettigrew, a farmer along the Goulburn River, for this tireless efforts advocating for a healthy Murray River;
The Alevi Community Council of Australia for their outstanding work in sustainability education with the Turkish-speaking community;
Locals into Victoria’s Environment for their effective campaign to educate communities on climate change;
Yarra Climate Action Now for their innovative and dedicated climate action campaign in inner Melbourne;
Lighter Footprints for their fantastic work galvanising local action on climate change;
The Environmental Defenders Office for their incredible support of countless groups and campaigns for environmental protection.