Bruny Island community groups and Kingborough Council were recognised by Keep Australia Beautiful with awards presented at Alonnah Community Hall on Wednesday 8 March 2023.
Mayor, Paula Wriedt said the awards recognised the excellent environmental work that many Bruny Island community members carried out every day.
“So many community members give their time and energy to make Bruny Island a really special place,” Cr Wriedt said.
“These wonderful people work tirelessly to protect our environment and heritage values for everyone’s benefit, so it is with great pride that we recognise their dedication with these awards.
“Among the recipients were the Bruny Island Community Association who were awarded a certificate of excellence for promoting community information through Bruny News and organising the Easter Carnival.
“Cynthia Turnbull was also recognised with a certificate of excellence for editing the book Following their Footsteps – Exploring Adventure Bay which continues to raise funds for Friends of Adventure Bay projects.
“Friends of North Bruny were acknowledged for their involvement in many initiatives and projects.
“One such significant project is their Bin Marine Plastics project, inspired by a project on Lord Howe Island following a visit by one of their members.
“Another great initiative by Friends of North Bruny is the heritage interpretation panels installed along the Dennes Point Walking Trail to Kelly’s Point at the northern tip of Bruny Island.
“Bruny Island Environment Network, which began about 10 years ago, was honoured for projects undertaken over the years including installing and monitoring nest boxes for endangered 40-spotted pardalotes, the Cat Management Project, Bird Festival, Beach Clean-ups and Weed Clearing Days.
“Friends of Adventure Bay Inc were awarded a certificate of excellence for coordinating over 11,500 volunteer hours and several environmental and community-based projects.
“Bruny Island Bird Festival and Raptor Refuge were also acknowledged as having contributed significantly to raising awareness about the environment on Bruny Island.
“The Bird Festival is a wonderful three-day biannual festival which provides tremendous social and education awareness for visitors and community members alike.
“Kingborough Council was also recognised for the Environment and Conservation Award for the ‘No Waste Nothing’ educational video project.
“These videos present a range of innovative ideas through the character Mamma Rosa who highlights actions to reduce waste.
“I want to thank all the volunteers and their environmental contributions, along with Keep Australia Beautiful for presenting these awards.”