Every single day, right across Australia, people are doing amazing things for nature. They are often unsung heroes – volunteering to protect Cassowaries in Cape York, phase out plastic water bottles or grow support for clean energy.
The ACF Peter Rawlinson Award recognises these outstanding contributions to caring for our environment. Contributions can be long or short term, at a local or national level.
The prize consists of a memento and $3000 to help with continuing the good work of those who work without financial rewards.
Do you know any local legends or unsung heros? Nominate them! Nominations close on 31st August, 2015.
Past winners have done amazing work on a wide range of issues all over Australia. Margaret Thorsborne worked to save the Hinchinbrook area from development in Queensland. Huw Kingston led the Bundy on Tap campaign, empowering the local community of Bundanoon to ban single use water bottles. Rising Tide Newcastle addressed climate change through community action.
Marnie Rawlinson explains why the award remains an important acknowledgement of the work of grass roots conservationists:
The Award is in memory of Peter, an environmental biologist who was committed to the work of ACF. He devoted time to being a councillor, vice president and treasurer of the Foundation.
From the beginnings of the environment movement in the 1960s he challenged and worked to change government policies on many, many issues including forest and habitat destruction, and the removal of lead from petrol.
Peter helped and encouraged many people and groups to fight for their local conservation issues and so when Peter died in 1991 it was decided that an award would be given annually to acknowledge an outstanding individual or group who worked with passion on a voluntary basis on a conservation issue.
We are dependent on the nominations of worthy recipients, so if you know someone who's a bit of a hero, please nominate them.
Nominations close on 31st August, 2015.