The Tweed Byron Bush Futures Project has been awarded the Natural Environment Protection and Enhancement: On-ground Works Award at the 2010/11 Local Government Excellence in the Environment Awards ceremony, which was held in Sydney on Tuesday.
The award was presented by NSW environment minister Robyn Parker and the award sponsor, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service acting deputy chief executive, Environment and Heritage Policy and Programs Group, Bernard Carlon.
Now in their 14th year, the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) Local Government Excellence in the Environment Awards recognise NSW councils for their accomplishments in managing and protecting the environment.
The Tweed Byron Bush Futures Project initially won Category C of the On-ground Works Award at the ceremony, based on the population size of the combined shires, and followed up by winning the overall category award from seven other finalists.
Bush Futures project manager, John Turnbull from Tweed Shire Council, said, ‘My congratulations and thanks also go to all council staff, contractors, landcarers, residents and others who have contributed to the project as this award recognises an outstanding effort by all involved’.
This award follows another win earlier this year for the project, which was awarded the Local Government Landcare Partnership Award at the 2011 NSW Landcare Awards in September.
Mayor of Tweed councillor Barry Longland said the Tweed Shire was characterised by the need for an appropriate balance between the pressure of urban development and the protection and enhancement of the Tweed’s unique environment.
‘This award recognises the dedication of our staff in their efforts to get the balance right,’ councillor Longland said.
‘As well, it demonstrates how council can work with the community to bring about desired environmental outcomes.
‘On behalf of council, I congratulate all concerned for the efforts and enduring commitment,’ councillor Longland said.
Awards were presented in 12 categories, including the Natural Environment Protection and Enhancement Award, the Communication, Education and Empowerment Award and the Waste Avoidance Award.
Further details of all awards and a full list of winners and finalists are available on the Local Government Excellence in the Environment Awards website www.lgsa-plus.net.au/EnvironmentAwards.
Image: Environment Minister Robyn Parker awards Bush Futures project manager John Turnbull from Tweed Shire Council, while Bernard Carlon from NPWS awards Bush Futures project officer, Byron Shire Council’s Angus Underwood.