The inaugural award presentation was held at the Byron Shire Council chambers on World Environment Day last Friday to give thanks to the many groups and individuals who work tirelessly for the local environment.
The awards were an initiative of the Byron Shire Council’s sustainability officer, Graeme Williams, and all recipients were nominated by their local community.
Byron Mayor Jan Barham, who presented the awards, said she wanted to thank everyone for their ongoing, selfless and sometimes unrewarded efforts, on behalf on the whole community.
“We’re here to let you know your work is highly regarded, well recognised and appreciated by all of us,” she said.
The recipients included the Mullumbimby Community Garden, for its promotion of sustainable living, community education, healthy lifestyles and social inclusion; WIRES Northern Rivers for its efforts in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of native wildlife; Boomerang Bags, for making and distributing shopping bags made from recycled fabric; and macadamia farmer Charlie Starrett for his efforts in designing an energy-efficient on-farm drying and storage facility for macadamia processing.
Bay FM announcers Terry Wells and Ros Elliot received awards for their programs, The Shakedown and Go Earth Care; Byron Bird Buddies was recognised for its work in delivering dog access restriction messages to beach users; and Santos Natural Foods was applauded for its work in forming the Santos Ethics Committee and Ethics Policy, which has set an ethical benchmark for consumer choice in the Byron Shire.
Suffolk Park Dune Care, North Byron Shire Coastal Group, Mullumbimby Creek Landcare, Wilsons Creek-Huonbrook Landcare and Ian Parer received awards for dune care and environmental restoration work; while ACE Byron Shire Community College and the North Coast Climate Action Group were recognised for delivering community sustainability education workshops and encouraging sustainable lifestyles and practices in the community.
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