Media Releases | 13th Apr, 2006

Search on for environment’s Local Heroes

Thursday, 13 April 2006

Environment Victoria today opened nominations for the 2006 World Environment Day `Local Heroes’ conservation awards.

Run as part of World Environment Day celebrations, the awards are given out by environment groups in each state to honour local heroes working to protect our unique natural environment. An overall winner in each state will receive a $500 prize.

“Local heroes across the country are working to secure Australia’s future and we want to acknowledge their efforts,” Environment Victoria executive director Marcus Godinho said.

Mr Godinho said the awards recognised the unsung efforts and achievements of individual volunteers, community groups, conservation workers and also the media.

“These awards show Australians are passionate about the environment with thousands of people doing their bit.

“It’s time the Federal Government did its share by setting a national target and roadmap to reduce our greenhouse emissions – which are some of the highest in the developed world – by at least 60 per by 2050.”

Greenpeace and the Australian Conservation Foundation will also hand out the Tassie Tiger Anti-Award to a group or individual who has done serious damage to Australia’s environment over the past year.

Nominations are now open for the:

  • Community Group Conservation Award
  • Conservation Employee Award
  • Volunteer Conservation Award
  • Tassie Tiger Award

Nominations close Monday, 22 May. Winners will be announced on World Environment Day June 5.