A diverse and inspiring range of projects were showcased at the presentation ceremony for the Victorian Coastal Awards for Excellence 2012 held at the Melbourne Museum last night (Thursday, 26 April 2012). Hosted by the Victorian Coastal Council, the awards are in their 13th year.
Over 250 individuals from volunteer groups, committees of management, government and non-government organisations attended the evening.
Wurundjeri Elder, Colin Hunter provided the welcome to country and the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Ryan Smith presented the awards to this year’s winners. The Minister acknowledged the important role of volunteers in coastal management and confirmed the Government’s commitment to broadening community participation and engagement in coastal issues.
An encouraging response to the call for nominations this year resulted in 20 finalists across five award categories including building and design, education, community action and partnerships, natural environment and planning and management. Mr Bernie McCarrick received the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award and Rosemary Birney received the award for Outstanding Volunteer Achievement. Details of all the award winners and their projects, can be viewed using the links below.
Victorian Coastal Council Video
2012 Victorian Coastal Awards Winners and Finalists Table
VCA 2012 Event Record 2012
Celebrating Champions in Coastal Conservation