"The Port Phillip EcoCentre was an inspirational entry in this year's Premier's Sustainability Awards, focussing on littering around Port Phillip Bay - a large scale and pervasive problem that anyone can do something about," he said.
The project won the new Cleaner Yarra and Bay category and went on to win the top honour of the night.
"This year we had the largest amount of entries in the awards' history - they are among the most diverse and interesting we've seen," says Mr Krpan.
"All of our winners and finalists are Victoria's sustainability champions and I congratulate them all."
Earthco Projects Pty Ltd won the Premier's Regional Recognition Award for collaborative industry and council development of their road stabilising agent, PolyCom Stabilising Aid.
Winners of the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2014 are:
- Cleaner Yarra and Bay - Port Phillip EcoCentre - 'Life Support for the Bay'
- Community - Knox City Council, Alpine Shire, City of Melbourne, City of Port Philip, Yarra Ranges Council - 'Seedlings: Sustainability in the Early Years'
- Education Award - St Louis de Montfort’s Primary School Aspendale - 'St Louis de Montfort’s Leaders in Sustainable Education'
- Environmental Protection Award - Barwon Water, Plenary Environment (Barwon), Water Infrastructure Group - 'The Barwon Water Biosolids Management Project'
- Infrastructure and Buildings Award - Regional Rail Link Authority - 'Regional Rail Link Project'
- Innovative Products or Services Award - Fieldtech Solutions Pty Ltd - Fieldtech Solutions
- Large Business Award - Toyota Motor Corporation Australia - Sustainability - Toyota’s 'Next Big Step'
- Small and Medium Enterprises Award - Interface Constructions Pty Ltd - Interface Constructions Pty Ltd
- Tourism Award - Zoos Victoria - Healesville Sanctuary
- Premier's Regional Recognition Award - Earthco Projects Pty Ltd - PolyCom Stabilising Aid - Collaboration with local government to achieve sustainable roads'
- Premier’s Recognition Award - Port Phillip EcoCentre - ‘Life Support for the Bay'.
A selection of photographs from the awards dinner are included with this release. If you require full caption information or photographs of specific winners please contact Adam Sawell on 0401 096 507 or Cath Newell on 0423 587 478.
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