We were honoured to have recently been nominated by the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) as finalists for the Community Leadership Category in this year’s Green Globe Awards. The Community Leadership award recognises outstanding community leadership and commitment from NSW not-for-profit organisations whose sustainable initiatives are locally relevant and have widespread benefits for communities.
Members of our team will be attending the awards ceremony at the NSW Art Gallery on October 4. “Regardless of whether we win, being selected as a finalist for this year’s award means so much to our volunteer teams in New South Wales”, explained Zoe White, our Byron Bay Coordinator. “Over 16 ongoing volunteers run our initiatives and education programs and manage many aspects of the day-to-day operations of the organisation in New South Wales. Supported by hundreds of other ‘drop-in’ volunteers, together, they have collected and recorded over 300,000 pieces of marine debris from land and in the water; worked with dozens of businesses to move away from plastic waste; and run over 30 ongoing education and empowerment programs in schools, with businesses and alongside local governments to ensure that our communities turn the tide on plastic pollution and reduce the issue at its source”, Zoe said.
“We’ve been working toward long-term outcomes in NSW since our humble beginnings in 2012 and it’s really empowering to the thousands of volunteers who have supported us over the years to be recognised for the work that we’re doing”, our CEO Karl Goodsell explained. “We hope that the awards will have a flow-on effect on other people in the broader NSW community and beyond to address ocean pollution, marine debris and over-fishing and start to implement simple changes in their daily lives to help reverse the impact that we are collectively having on the marine environment, Karl said.
To find out more about the Community Leadership Awards you can visit the EPA website here.