About NPA

National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) has been established as a conservation organisation for 60 years. We also run one of Australia’s largest bushwalking clubs with a network of regional branches, hundreds of active volunteers and over 40,000 supporters.

NPA has played a role in the establishment of many of NSW’s national parks and nature reserves. Today there are 877 protected areas covering 7 million hectares on the land (9% of the State) and 66,000 ha of marine waters (6.5% of the coast), far exceeding the goals of our founders. NSW is one of the most environmentally diverse areas on earth and we work hard to ensure it remains this way.

Our Work

NPA runs citizen science and community engagement programs, conservation campaigns and Australia’s largest bushwalking program. We also produce nature and conservation publications, including our flagship magazine Nature NSW. If you would like to find out more about NPA read our FAQ page or find out more about our goals, our structure and our history.

NPA volunteer awards

Our annual awards recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution, effort and achievement made by volunteers. Nominations are now being accepted under 6 award categories.

  • Local Achievement Award: for outstanding contribution to local or regional nature conservation projects, or activities conducted by a branch or other local group.
  • Activity Leadership Award: for outstanding leadership in the outdoor activity program.
  • Organisational Support Award: for outstanding contribution to organisational or administrative support.
  • State Conservation Award: for outstanding contribution to State-wide nature conservation projects.
  • Excellence in Conservation Award: for outstanding service to NPA and the nature conservation sector.
  • Allen and Beryl Strom Award: for exceptional service to NPA, the nature conservation sector and the wider community.

General criteria for awards

NPA members and supporters, or a group of members or supporters can be considered for an award if they have:

  • provided voluntary service to NPA over an extended period, or supported NPA through voluntary service elsewhere within the nature conservation sector
  • achieved results through extraordinary effort, commitment, initiative, innovation or creativity
  • provided a fitting role model for others.

Making a nomination

You can make a nomination if you are a current NPA member. Branch committees and staff can also make a nomination. Please complete the nomination form here. Nominations close 4pm on Friday 1 October 2021.

Award process

Local achievement awards will be determined by the relevant branch committee. All other awards will be determined by the Recruitment and Awards Committee.

Award recipients will receive a certificate, together with any prizes or gift vouchers that may be available. Recipients and persons who made a nomination will be notified by the NPA Secretary or Operations Manager.

The Allen and Beryl Strom Award is reserved for persons who have made an exceptional contribution. Nominations must be supported by extensive documentation of the nominee’s actions, achievements and character. For example, biographical notes, outstanding qualities, dates and periods of service, major successes and their significance, other awards or recognition, photos, documents, reminiscences or anecdotes.

Presentation of awards

Awards may be presented at local functions organised by the relevant branch committee. The traditional awards ceremony held in conjunction with the NPA Annual Dinner is not being held this year due to the covid pandemic. All awards will be announced at the NPA annual general meeting, which is being held online via Zoom on Wednesday 17 November 2021, 6.00 pm – 7.15 pm. You can register to attend the AGM by contacting the NPA Office, npansw@npansw.org.au or tel: 02 9299 0000. We will then send you instructions on how to access the AGM.


For further information, please contact the NPA Office, tel: 02 9299 0000.