A diverse and inspiring range of projects were showcased at the presentation ceremony for the Victorian Coastal Awards for Excellence 2013 held at the Melbourne Museum on Wednesday 11 September 2013. Hosted by the Victorian Coastal Council, the awards are in their 14th year.
Over 250 individuals from volunteer groups, committees of management, government and non-government organisations attended the evening. To view photos from the ceremony, click on the gallery link.
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 15 finalists across five award categories including building and design, education, community action and partnerships, natural environment and planning and management. Kathleen Hassell received the Outstanding Individual Achievement Award. Details of all the award winners and their projects, can be viewed using the links below.