Glenelg Hopkins CMA Awards Environmental Achievers

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Glenelg Hopkins CMA Environmental Achievers Awards were held on Thursday 22 June at the Hamilton and Alexandra College.

The Environmental Achievers Awards celebrate the contribution of individuals who have helped make integrated catchment management in our region a success and who contribute to the protection and management of our precious land and water resources.
Nominations were received from across the region recognising individuals, groups and businesses that have made a significant contribution to the environment in south west Victoria with approximately 70 people attending the evening.

Award recipients as below:

The Education Award was presented jointly to Baimbridge College for the Learning about Gunditjmara Country and to Hamilton and Alexander College for their Biomes and Food Security program.

The Waterways Award was presented to Hamilton Field Naturalists Club. Formed in 1958, the Club's extensive contribution has focused on protection and conservation of waterways through annual weed control, environmental education and assisting with several public reserves just to name a few.

The Primary Producer Award was presented to the Tim and Sally Philip. Operating a cropping and sheep farming enterprise at Maroona, they have been working to create an environmentally sustainable, self-sufficient and profitable farming enterprise through fencing and replanting, managing soil erosion and improving the quality of waterways.

The Indigenous Award was presented to Budj Bim Tours. Located near Heywood and part of the Gunditjmara nation, they provide a unique opportunity to experience the ancient Budj Bim landscape and their Indigenous culture.

The Landcare/Coastcare/Community Award was presented to Friends of the Pallisters Reserve.
Pallisters Reserve near Orford, is managed as a valuable asset for education, conservation and ecological research. Maintaining and improving this diverse biodiversity habitat, the Friends of the Pallisters Reserve monitor this site, conserving rare grassland plants and endangered fauna.

The Individual Award to was presented to Jodie Honan. As an educator, biodiversity officer and writer, Jodie has been a member of the South Beach Wetlands and Landcare Group in Port Fairy since the 1980's. Jodie's commitment to conservation and the community education around Port Fairy has provided an outstanding contribution to the protecting and enhancement of the area's environment.

In addition, this year the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Rod Bird. Well known for his significant contribution to protecting and enhancing wetlands and biodiversity, Rod has been a long-term member of the Hamilton Field Naturalists, Hamilton Coleraine Rail Reserve Committee of Management, Birdlife Australia and Lake Condah Sustainable Development Project along with many other clubs and associations.