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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

30 April 2001

PRIME MINISTER'S AWARD FOR ENVIRONMENTALIST OF THE YEAR


Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill today reminded people interested in making a nomination for the new Prime Minister's Award for Environmentalist of the Year that nominations close this week.

The Prime Minister's award to honour outstanding environmental achievement will be administered by the Banksia Environmental Foundation and presented at the Foundation's awards night at the National Museum of Australia. The presentation on June 2 will be a highlight of Australia's World Environment Day celebrations.

"The Howard Government believes that Australians who make an outstanding contribution to our environment deserve the highest recognition, which is why the Prime Minister marked Australia's World Environment Day celebrations in 2000 with a series of Prime Minister's Environment Awards," Senator Hill said.

"This new award will build on their success by recognising and encouraging environmental champions.

"A national focus is particularly important this year, as we celebrate the Centenary of Federation and the International Year of Volunteers."

The Prime Minister's Award for Environmentalist of the Year is open to any Australian individual, organisation or group that has:

Selections will be considered by the Banksia Foundation in the context of such national themes as the Centenary of Federation and the International Year of Volunteers, and a range of national environmental priorities.

Nominations should be made by 4 May to the Banksia Environmental Foundation, 61 Gipps Street, Collingwood, VIC 3066. Nomination forms and further information are available by calling the Banksia Foundation on 03 9419 7188 or visiting the Foundation's website at www.banksiafdn.com

30 April 2001
Contact: Belinda Huppatz: 08 82377920 or 0419 258364

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