The Glenelg Hopkins CMA Environmental Achievers Awards recognise individuals, groups and businesses across the region that have made a significant contribution to the environment in south west Victoria.
The CMA wishes to thank all those who submitted nominations, the nominees and the award recipients for their continued efforts in championing environmental management in our region.
Awards presented and the recipients are as below:
Education Award to the Maroona Primary School for integration of sustainability initiatives through education of the school and community.
Waterways Award to Mark and Rachel Grimshaw of Tyrendarra for restoration of wildlife and wetland habitat along the Fitzroy River.
Primary Producer Award to Weaver Livestock Pty Ltd. Justin and Anita along with Graeme and Betty manage their Woodlands property along the Glenelg River using sustainable farming practices.
Landcare/Coastcare/Community Award to Nelson Coastcare Inc. The group's stated purpose and reason for being is to conserve, protect and restore the ecosystems of Long Swamp and Glenelg Estuary through educating and engaging the community.
Individual Award to Kevin Sparrow. Kevin has a long involvement in many environmental groups and has published education materials dedicated to the preservation of South West Victoria's flora and fauna.
In addition, this year the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Ms Leila Huebner from Nelson. A passionate advocate for the environment since establishing a farm in the region adjacent to the Lower Glenelg National Park, Leila has been instrumental in establishing Nelson Coastcare. Her environmental passion, dedication and knowledge have been evident in her current endeavours to achieve Ramsar listing for the Glenelg Estuary and Long Swamp.
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2011 Environmental Achievers:
Education Award to Hawkesdale P12 College for its emphasis on the environment and sustainability through the school's participation in many "education for sustainability" projects.
Rivercare Award to Ian and Cathy Ross who played a crucial role in developing a 10-year plan for the district with a prime objective to fence and revegetate the three main creeks that run from the Black Ranges into the Glenelg River
Primary Producer Award to Alan and Margaret Edgar. As custodians of a property containing the headwaters of the Chetwynd and Wando Rivers and the Steep Bank Creek, Alan and Margaret produced a whole farm plan that aimed to battle salinity, protect the many small creeks, create a system of wildlife corridors and generally improve the economic return and viability of the property.
Landcare/Coastcare Award to The Friends of the Great South West Walk which has maintained the iconic 250km walking track traversing the bays, capes, hinterland and forests of south west Victoria, over the last 30 years.
Hamilton Spectator Business and Government Partnerships Award to joint winners, Demo Dairy and Moyne Shire Council.
Demo Dairy, operates a commercial dairy farm while also providing land, cows and labour for important research and demonstration projects. A regular host of farmer field days and seminars and visits from community and tourist groups, it has become an important hub for information and learning. Much of this is focused on Landcare ethics and promoting best practice in the dairy industry.
One of Moyne Shire Council's flagship community programs is the ‘Friends of Griffith Island' Group in Port Fairy. This group is considered to be the primary source of community action and positive change on and around Griffiths Island.
Moyne Shire has a strong tradition of encouraging community action, with residents rallying to restore flows to Sandy Cove through weed removal and revegetation, the removal of pest plants from Port Fairy's Botanic Gardens and Battery Hill and along the Moyne River.
Indigenous Award to Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation - Budj Bim Rangers
The Budj Bim Rangers are made of up nine Gunditjmara Traditional Owners, each of whom is employed by the Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation to manage the 3000ha of Aboriginal-owned and managed land along the Mount Eccles lava flow.
The Rangers are responsible for all on-ground works, including revegetation, seed collection, construction and maintenance of visitor facilities and guiding visitors inthis important cultural precinct.
Individual or Partnership Achievement Award to Shaun & Lisa McIntyre who are passionate about the environment and sustainable farming methods and have been active participants and leaders in the Panyyabyr Landcare Group since its formation in 1993.
During that time, they have been a driving force behind much of the work undertaken by the group and Shaun and Lisa use and demonstrate sustainable practices on their own property.
Landcare & Community Group Award to Panyyabyr Landcare Group which oversees more than 50,000 of some of Victoria's most picturesque landscapes at the foot of the Grampians Ranges. The group places strong emphasis on issues and events that involve the entire family, in the belief that teaching children the "Landcare ethic" is an important way of safeguarding the environment into the future.
Bob and Pam Knight from Bushy Creek were awarded the Glenelg Hopkins Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Knights are well-known as early adopters in the Potter Farm Project during the 1980's, where they believed the key to environmental improvement on their property "Bimbadeen" was stock exclusion and revegetation. They are known for their commitment to sharing knowledge and supporting their farming community and the environmental issues that it faced. They have done this through trialing revegetation methods and sharing this knowledge with their neighbours and through field days. And this passion saw them initiate the Bushy Creek Landcare Group.