The Victorian government honoured the work and commitment of a wide range of community groups and individuals at the presentation ceremony for the Victorian Coastal Awards for Excellence held at NGV International on Thursday 11 September 2014.
Over 250 individuals from volunteer groups, committees of management, government and non-government organisations attended the evening. Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Ron Jones 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 with a special award given to Coastcare Victoria to celebrate 20 years of program service.
An encouraging response to the call for nominations this year resulted in 19 finalists across five award categories including building and design, education, community action and partnership, natural environment and planning and management. Uncle Albert Mullett received a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award, while Melbourne's Baykeeper, Neil Blake, received the Outstanding Individual Achievement Award.Winners Booklet1.08 MbVideo of Award highlights