Hon Donna Faragher MEd (Hons) BA (Hons) GradDipEd JP MLC

Hon Donna Faragher MEd (Hons) BA (Hons) GradDipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Planning; Disability Services

    Green Skills recognised for environmental excellence

    7/11/2010 12:00 AM

    Environmental excellence in Western Australia was rewarded last night with the announcement that Green Skills had won the overall prize in the 2010 WA Environment Awards.


    Presenting the awards at a gala ceremony in Perth last night, Environment Minister Donna Faragher said Green Skills’ commitment to improving and enhancing environmental care and sustainability since 1989 had seen it win the award from a pool of outstanding projects from throughout the State.


    Mrs Faragher said the group’s diverse range of environmental sustainability and employment programs were an excellent example of community leadership.


    An overall Highly Commended was also awarded to Woolworths Limited for its ambitious Zero Food Waste by 2015 program.


    “Woolworths Limited has set itself the objective of diverting all food waste from landfill for beneficial use by 2015.  This involves working with its suppliers, customers, national charity Foodbank, various government agencies, local charities, farmers and zoos in order to achieve this aim,” the Minister said.


    Mrs Faragher said the WA Environment Awards highlighted the unwavering commitment to environmental care and biodiversity conservation of individuals, community groups, businesses, corporations and government agencies.


    “By recognising these achievements and promoting the outstanding efforts of entrants, we can further encourage greater involvement in the wider community in achieving environmental goals,” she said.


    Now in its ninth year, the awards showcase a wide range of environmental projects being undertaken throughout WA.


    “The calibre of entrants this year was outstanding and the innovation and diversity of the projects was very impressive with more than 90 applications received across 11 categories,” the Minister said.


    “All entrants are to be congratulated for their ongoing efforts in conserving and enhancing our environment.”


    Mrs Faragher said the awards program was an excellent avenue to reward environmental excellence and one of a number that the State Government had in place to support community effort and involvement.


    The 2010 WA Environment Awards are sponsored by Packaging Stewardship Forum, Publishers National Environment Bureau, Royalties for Regions, Office of Energy, Rheem, Western Power, the Waste Authority, Swan River Trust and Whiteman Park.


    Category winners in the 2010 WA Environment Awards included:


    Corporate Business Leading by Example

    Woolworths Limited - Zero Food Waste by 2015


    Government Leading By Example

    Department of Health - Fiona Stanley Hospital Project


    Small Business Leading by Example 

    Australian Native Nursery


    Biodiversity Conservation

    Care for Hedland Environmental Association - Hedland Community Flatback Turtle Monitoring Program


    Bush, Land and Waterways

    Helena River Catchment Group - Helena River Rehabilitation Project


    Rivers, Estuaries and Wetlands

    South Coast NRM - Saving Lake Warden and Lake Gore


    Environmental Education and Communication  

    Australian Association for Environmental Education WA - Engaging the Community in Every Sense


    Resource and Waste

    South East Regional Energy Group - Switched on Business and Industry


    Community Energy Efficiency  

    Western Australian Council of Social Services - Climate Change Readiness for Community Services


    Community Achievement Metropolitan

    Canning River Regional Park Volunteers Inc - 20 Years of work in CRRP


    Community Achievement Regional

    Green Skills - Green Skills Regional Program 1989 to 2010.


    For further information visit http://www.dec.wa.gov.au or phone 6267 5000.


    Minister's office - 9213 7250