Environment Minister David Templeman today encouraged all Western Australians to nominate organisations, community groups and individuals for the 2008 Environment Awards.
Mr Templeman said the awards aimed to recognise Western Australians who strove to protect the State’s unique environment and had been expanded and improved this year to acknowledge the work of community-based groups.
“The Environment Awards is an excellent way for all of us to celebrate and thank the many individuals, community groups, local government and State Government agencies and businesses who promote and maintain high standards in environmental care and biodiversity conservation,” he said.
“This year, I am especially urging people from community conservation groups to nominate for the awards - those that are involved in flora and fauna conservation, wildlife rehabilitation and native bushland, wetlands or coastal environment conservation.
“In the past, the Environment Awards have focused on initiatives undertaken by industry, so this year we want to expand the awards to acknowledge the environmental work being done by community groups and individuals out in regional areas.”
The Minister said the awards were being run by the Department of Environment and Conservation and supported by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council, Whiteman Park, Sustainable Energy Development Office, Publishers National Environment Bureau, Packaging Stewardship Forum, Waste Management Board and Edith Cowan University.
There are 11 categories in the awards this year. These are:
· Community Achievement - Individual;
· Community Achievement - Volunteer group;
· Community Energy Efficiency;
· Prevention of Littering and Illegal Dumping;
· Environmental Education and Communication;
· Government Leading by Example;
· Small Business Leading by Example;
· Biodiversity Conservation;
· Bush, Land and Waterways;
· Coastal, Marine and Estuarine; and
· Resource and Waste Management.
Mr Templeman said the award nomination process also had been made easier this year to encourage more nominations.
“Entrants can now download a nomination form online and submit by email,” he said.
Entry is free and nominations close on June 27, 2008. For details on how to enter, visit http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/awards, email email@example.com or phone 6467 5147.
Minister's office - 9220 5050