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NSW Environment Awards

Every year, the Nature Conservation Council hosts the NSW Environment Awards which celebrate the outstanding commitment and achievement of campaigners, grassroots environmentalists and conservation groups across the state.

This year's awards will cover 2020 and 2021 and a new award has been added in honour of the late Jack Mundey, leader of the Green Bans movement that saved environmental areas and heritage.  This award is for the person or group who has contributed the most to cooperation between the conservation movement and the trade union movement.  

Jack Mundey was a leader in the conservation movement in NSW and we hope to immortalise his work in the field and encourage others to follow in his path through this award.  

The panel of judges for this years NSW Environment Awards will be Don White, Chair of the Nature Conservation Council; Bob Debus, President of the Colong Foundation; Wendy Harmer, life member of the Surfrider Foundation; Sue McKinnon, from McKinnon Family Foundation; and Steph Cunio, from United Workers’ Union, formerly of the Climate Action Network.

Nominations are now open for this year's awards! If you know someone or a group who has worked hard for the environment and conservation this year, then you can nominate them here.

If you believe you know a group or a person who fits any of the descriptions below – please nominate them! As a note- you can’t self-nominate and please remember to do one submission per person, per award. 

Dunphy Award 

This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the conservation of the NSW Environment, and courageously challenged Government and non-Government decision-makers, in honour of Myles and Milo Dunphy. Myles Dunphy (1891-1985) campaigned for national parks and wilderness in NSW and Myles’ son, Milo (1928-1996) led the fight to preserve the Colong Caves and the Kanangra-Boyd wilderness. 

To nominate someone for this award please fill in the form here. 
 

Ziggy Megne Volunteer for the Environment Award 

The Nature Conservation Council acknowledges and appreciates the valuable contributions made by countless volunteers in a broad range of capacities in past and present environmental campaigns and efforts to make our world a more sustainable place. The Ziggy Megne Volunteer for the Environment Award celebrates these unsung heroes. The award is given to the most outstanding and inspiring individual who has voluntarily contributed his or her time for the cause of conservation and the environment over the past year.  

To nominate someone for this award please fill in the form here.  

Allen Strom Hall of Fame Award 

The Nature Conservation Council's Hall of Fame was established in memory of the late Allen Strom’s untiring dedication to conservation and education in NSW. Individuals for this award have been actively involved in the conservation movement for many years, have made a constant and invaluable contribution to the environment and have displayed qualities of integrity, reliability and commitment.  

To nominate someone for this award please fill in the form here. 

Marie Byles Award 

This award celebrates a group which has initiated an outstanding new environmental campaign, launched in the last 12 months, and has demonstrated strong commitment and passion for the conservation of the NSW environment, in honour of Marie Byles. Marie Byles (1900-1979), the first female solicitor in NSW and a passionate bushwalker, conservationist, explorer, mountaineer and feminist.  

To nominate someone for this award please fill in the form here.  

Nature Conservation Council Member Group Award 

This award is given to a Member Group of the Nature Conservation Council which has demonstrated outstanding commitment and success in the conservation of the NSW environment.  

To nominate a member group for this award please fill in the form here.  

Rising Star Award 

This award is given to a young individual under the age of 30, who has demonstrated outstanding effort and commitment to the conservation of the NSW environment.  

To nominate someone for this award please fill in the form here. 

Jack Mundey Award 

This award is given to a person or group who has contributed the most to cooperation between the conservation movement and the trade union movement. In honour of Jack Mundey (1929 – 2020) who was a visionary who understood the struggles for social justice and environmental justice are part of the same broader project — to preserve human dignity in the face of unconstrained development. 

To nominate someone for this award please fill in the form here. 

 

Nominations close on the 18th of October so make sure to get your nominations in! We’re very excited to bring the awards back this year and will be holding the ceremony after our Annual Conference on the 6th of November.