The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) was proud to receive a Nature Conservation Council Member Group award for the most outstanding environmental group, last week. NPA along with other environmental campaigners and campaigns were recognised at the prestigious 2013 NSW Environment Awards held in Sydney last Saturday (October 19).
“It recognises our decades long commitment to the NSW environment, and the passion and dedication of our members and supporters.” NPA Chief Executive Officer Kevin Evans said.
These annual awards are presented by the Nature Conservation Council of NSW to celebrate the efforts and recognise the achievements of grassroots community environmentalists across the state. This year the awards were presented by veteran environmental campaigner Don Henry, CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation.
Nature Conservation Council CEO Pepe Clarke said: “The environment movement in NSW would be nothing without the thousands of volunteers who work tirelessly to protect the places we love.
“While these awards recognise the work of some of the more outstanding individuals and organisations, they also celebrate the achievements of the movement as a whole.”
Marie Byles Award Community Action Award for the most outstanding environmental campaign
Winner: Better Planning Network (Corinne Fisher)
Prize: $1,000 Managed Trust investment from Australian Ethical Investment
Location: LOWER NORTH SHORE
Ziggy Megne Volunteer for the Environment Award for an outstanding and inspiring volunteer
Winner: Mark Wilson (Friends of the Koala)
Prize: Ascella Pura Wines and name inscribed on a plaque on permanent display at the Nature Conservation Council of NSW
Community Action Award for the most inspiring community action initiative
Winner: Gardens of Stone campaign partners: Blue Mountains Conservation Society (BMCS), Lithgow Environment Centre, Colong Foundation for Wilderness (Sydney/Newtown)
Prize: 3Fish Fairtrade Organic Cotton Carbon T-shirts
Location: BLUE MOUNTAINS, LITHGOW and SYDNEY/NEWTOWN
Rising Star Award for the most outstanding effort of an individual under 30
Winner: Emma Horsburgh (Australian Youth Climate Coalition)
Prize: An artwork from award-winning artist Rachel Carroll
Location: Inner West Sydney
The Nature Conservation Council Member Group Award for the most outstanding environment group
Winner: National Parks Association of NSW
Prize: $500 worth of services from ecoDesign ecoPrint and a year’s free NCC membership
The Dunphy Award for the most outstanding environmental effort of an individual
Winners: Dr Brian Marshall (Lithgow Environment Group); and Corinne Fisher (Better Planning Network)
Prize: Luxury two-night get-away at the national award-winning eco-friendly Crystal Creek Meadows accommodation
Location: LITHGOW AND LOWER NORTH SHORE
The Allen Strom Hall of Fame Award for long-standing service and commitment to the conservation movement
Winner: Bev Smiles
Prize: A one-year citizen carbon offset package from Climate Friendly
Location: WOLLAR, HUNTER VALLEY, CENTRAL WEST