Nature Conservation Council of NSW is thrilled to announce the return of the NSW Environment Awards, to be held in March 2024.
Across NSW, tens of thousands of people wake and dedicate their time to the protection and restoration of nature.
From the recently mobilised Turtlewach volunteers combing the NSW Mid North Coast to Gumbayngirr Traditional Owners lighting sacred fires to protect the Country from logging, the dedication and passion of our movements gives me hope for the future.
It would be impossible to celebrate and honour all the amazing people that are fighting to give nature a voice.
However, as the leading voice for nature in NSW, we can certainly try to shine a spotlight on some of the outstanding examples of nature lovers, campaigners, grassroots environmentalists, and conservation groups throughout the state.
Do you know of a group or individual you would like to recognise for their work protecting nature?
Nominations are now closed.
Date: Wednesday March 27
Time: 5.30pm (for 6pm start)
Location: NSW Teachers Federation, Surry Hills
The NSW Environment Awards celebrate the remarkable dedication and achievements of nature lovers, campaigners, grassroots environmentalists, and conservation groups throughout the state.
In 2024, we'll be honouring individuals and groups in the following categories:
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.
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 their time for the cause of conservation and the environment over the past year.
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.
Marie Byles Award
This award celebrates a group which has initiated an outstanding new environmental campaign, launched in the last 24 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.
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.
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.
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.