Winner of last year's Environmental Protection Award in the annual Premier's Sustainability Awards, the Mallee Catchment Management Authority, is urging other natural resource management groups to enter this year's awards program, saying "it's a great opportunity to be recognised at a state level."
The Authority won the 2013 award for the environmental watering program at Hattah Lakes.
The Hattah Lakes are part of the 48,000 hectare Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, south of Mildura. Reviving the Hattah Lakes by delivering environmental water helped restore better health to this system of more than 20 semi-permanent freshwater lakes within the Murray-Darling Basin.
“Winning the Environmental Protection Award was wonderful recognition of the project and the many organisations and individuals who were involved,” Mallee CMA Chair Sharyon Peart said.
“The Hattah Lakes project is a great example of what important environmental gains can be achieved when people work together and winning this award gave us the opportunity to showcase that.”
The Premier's Sustainability Awards showcase organisations, institutions, businesses, community groups and individuals who demonstrate practical efforts to reduce their everyday environmental impact.
Entries are welcome in nine categories including a new category for 2014, Cleaner Yarra and Bay.
CEO of Sustainability Victoria Stan Krpan said the awards are a great way to recognise and celebrate leadership in sustainability.
"The Premier’s Sustainability Awards are the most prestigious environmental awards in the state."
"Finalists and winners receive valuable recognition from the Victorian government, their communities and customers. They can use their involvement in the program to demonstrate a genuine and practical commitment to sustainability and gain a competitive business advantage."
This year the awards provide even more opportunities for recognition. Entries are open in nine categories: Cleaner Yarra and Bay, Community, Education, Environmental Protection, Infrastructure and Buildings, Innovative Products or Services, Large Business, Small and Medium Enterprises, and Tourism.
The Premier’s Sustainability Awards are managed by Sustainability Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government and the Premier of Victoria.
Entries close on Monday 2 June.
Visit sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au for entry criteria and kits, queries and information sessions.