Enviro champions announced

Sale’s Gary Howard, Inverloch’s Angus Hume and Bass Coast Shire Council’s Strategic Planning Team have been named this year’s recipients of the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority’s (WGCMA) Lyrebird Awards.

WGCMA Chief Executive Officer Martin Fuller said the commitment to natural resource management by all nominees had made selecting the recipients a challenging task.

“We were in the very fortunate position to be selecting recipients from an extremely strong field of nominees,” said Mr Fuller.

“However, our recipients stood out for their efforts to raise the profile of current natural resource management issues facing the region.”

The Lyrebird Awards were first launched in 2005 by WGCMA.

“The Lyrebird Awards were born out of a desire to celebrate the significant and remarkable achievements made by individuals and groups in protecting and enhancing our natural environment,” continued Mr Fuller.

“This is demonstrated by all our recipients.

“Angus Hume, a past board member and chair of West Gippsland CMA and current Chair of the Victorian Catchment Management Council is an excellent example.

“Angus is constantly furthering the natural resource management cause by lobbying all levels of government and highlighting the achievements of integrated catchment management.

“Driven by a love of the land and the coast, Angus is always working for his community.

“Bass Coast Shire Council was the first local government area in, we believe, Australia, to have the foresight and commitment to include in their planning overlay sea level rises to 2100.

“This requires a lot of detailed investigation and consultation. Other councils are now following Bass Coast’s lead.

“It’s impossible to overstate Gary Howard’s contribution to natural resource management through his involvement in the Heart Morass restoration project.

“Gary has been there – working on ground, removing weeds, planting trees, and taking tours.

“As someone who is often at the Heart his observations on how the Gippsland Lakes system is changing is invaluable.

“But he is just as comfortable giving strategic input – improving government plans, use of water for the environment and other important strategies.”

Mr Fuller congratulated and thanked all nominees for their efforts.

“We as a community should be grateful of the efforts of all our nominees,” Mr Fuller continued.

“We all benefit from a healthy and productive environment and all our nominees work tirelessly to help achieve this.”

Recipients of the Lyrebird awards were announced at Inverloch on Friday, 8 December.

Lyrebird Award winners