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Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage

28 May 1999


Innovative solutions and community involvement are two of the characteristics that make up this year's outstanding group of Banskia Environmental Award finalists, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage, Sharman Stone, said today.

Mrs Stone said the private sector's environmental credentials were show cased, as major corporations, small business and the community vied for the prestigious Banskia Foundation Awards in Melbourne on Saturday night.

"The Banskia Environmental Awards recognise the leadership and contribution of those within the private sector and community who have made an outstanding contribution to the environment," Sharman Stone said.

"Corporations now understand that helping to regenerate and protect the environment is essential to being a good corporate citizen."

"Whether they are small incorporated, community-based associations like the Superb Parrot Project or corporate giants like SOCOG, all finalists have demonstrated through their creativity, commitment and action that they are at the cutting edge of environmental management."

On Saturday night nominees will compete for awards in ten categories including community, education, communications, flora and fauna conservation, business practice, waste minimisation, coast and marine, innovation and land and water management.

Of the 43 finalists, 18 are from Victoria and 12 from New South Wales, with Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia also represented.

The awards are hosted annually by the Banskia Environmental Foundation. Past winners include Bonlac Foods (Dairy Manufacturers), Ian Kiernan AO (Clean Up Australia) and John Koehn (Conservation of Native Fish).

'I'm especially proud of the three finalists from the Goulburn-Murray Valley, the Shepparton Irrigation Implementation Committee, the Superb Parrot Project and the Barmah-Millewa Forum, who have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the environment in rural Victoria."

Mrs Stone said the Howard Government recognised the great results that were achieved by working in partnership with business and the community to help sustainably manage land and water resources.

"Through the $1.25 million Natural Heritage Trust we are helping the community to regenerate, restore and protect the environment by working on local projects in backyards and parks, where we can make a lasting difference."

The Federal Government has also recently announced a $1 million Bush for Greenhouse deal with Edison Mission Energy, one of the largest contributions ever made by a private corporation to conservation efforts, and $50 million for the Living Cities Program.

"Recognising and celebrating achievements, through the Banskia Environmental Awards, helps to benchmark 'ecologically friendly' standards for others in business and the broader community to follow," Mrs Stone said.

For further information please contact:
Nicole Johnston, Assistant Adviser, 02 6277 2016 or 0419 219 415

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