Achievers' Resourceful Ways Claim Top Prizes
Friday November 22, 2002
KEEPING big trucks quiet and shredding terracotta tiles are some of the winning ways of Newcastle's top environmental achievers.
Twenty-four businesses, community and government groups were recognised at City Hall last night for the 10th annual Environmental Achievement Awards.
The Wetlands Centre won the overall community prize, along with community education and policy and planning prizes.
Trees in Newcastle won the restoration award for its work with schools, planting trees and linking habitat corridors.
A fortnightly e-mail newsletter, Hermis Briefs, won the Hunter Computer Collective an environmental communication award.
Trees in Newcastle volunteer Jenny Robinson won the sustainable initiatives award for planting thousands of trees and harnessing storm water at the Holy Family Primary School.
Community award winners picked up $1000 each.
Metford Laboratories won the overall business award and the products and services award for its air sampling monitor and a noise reduction system.
Boral Country Concrete and Quarries won the waste management award for recycling concrete sleepers, bricks, terracotta tiles and asphalt.
Hydro Aluminium won the cleaner production award for reducing its fluoride emissions at its Kurri Kurri smelter.
Hunter Waterwatch earnt the community partnerships award for organising schoolchildren and community groups to scour and sample waterways.
Newcastle Environmental Achievement Award Winners
Business and public enterprise division:
Overall business: Metford Laboratories
Environmental products and services: Metford Laboratories
Waste management and minimisation: Boral Country Concrete and Quarries
Cleaner production: Hydro Aluminium
Community partnerships: Hunter Waterwatch
Overall community winner: The Wetlands Centre Australia (Shortland)
Community education: The Wetlands Centre Australia
Rehabilitation and restoration: Trees in Newcastle
Policy and planning: The Wetlands Centre Australia
Environmental communication: Hunter Computer Collective
Sustainable initiatives: Jenny Robinson