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Media Release
Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon. Dr David Kemp

26 February 2003

Prime Minister's Award for Environmentalist of the Year


Outstanding environmental achievement will be honoured with the Prime Minister’s Award for Environmentalist of the Year once again in 2003, the Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, announced today.

Dr Kemp encouraged individuals, organisations and groups involved in the pursuit of environmental excellence to nominate for the award, which is administered by the Banksia Environmental Foundation and was first presented in 2001.

The 2003 award will be presented at the Foundation's awards night at the Gold Coast on 31 May 2003.

"The Prime Minister's Award highlights and rewards the work of Australians who endeavour to better our environment," Dr Kemp said.

"The Howard Government recognises the invaluable contributions made by so many Australians to address priority environmental issues, which is why the Prime Minister has decided to continue supporting this Award."

The award is open to any Australian individual, organisation or group that has:

The 2002 Prime Minister's Environmentalist of the Year is NSW farmer, Bill Sloane. Bill and his wife Jacquetta epitomise best practice in natural resource management on their dryland property and provide regional leadership in sustainable farming.

The 2001 Prime Minister's Environmentalist of the Year was Professor Peter Cullen, former Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Freshwater Ecology (CRCFE). Professor Cullen continues to make a major contribution to the protection of water - our most precious resource.

Nominations should be made by 28 March 2003 to the Banksia Environmental Foundation, PO Box 44, Blackburn South VIC 3130. 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.

Media Contacts:
Catherine Job (Dr Kemp) 02 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400;
Graz Van Egmond (Banksia Environmental Foundation) 03 9419 7188

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