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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

28 February 2006

BANKSIA ENVIRONMENTALIST AWARDS NOW OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS

Nominations are now open for Australia’s most prestigious environmentalist award - the Prime Minister’s Award for Environmentalist of the Year, which rewards achievements in environmental protection and education.

Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, is urging individuals and groups in Western Victoria to nominate local environmental achievers, saying that the Prime Minister’s Award has been expanded to recognise the outstanding contribution members of our community make to protect Australia’s wealth of environmental and heritage places.

“Expanding the categories for the Prime Minister’s Award to include Australia’s heritage places pays tribute to the individuals and groups in our communities who work hard each year to protect and conserve our nation’s special places,” Mr Hawker said.

“Western Victoria’s heritage is rich and diverse, encompassing natural landscapes, Indigenous places, coastal sites, and historic buildings. These places need the support and care of the community to survive.

“Projects eligible for the Prime Minister’s Award will be those that have played an important role in conserving and protecting a significant place, and that also provided education and raised awareness of the issues of protection and conservation of Australia’s significant heritage and environmental places,” he said.

The Award is open to any Australian individual, organisation or group that has been involved in:

• protecting and conserving a nationally significant natural, historic or Indigenous heritage place; • protecting and conserving water systems; • protecting biodiversity; and • protecting Australia’s oceans.

The Banksia Environmental Foundation was created in 1989 to support and recognise members of the community for their positive contribution to the environment. The Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year award has been sponsored by the Department for the Environment and Heritage since 2001.

“The Australian Government is proud to sponsor the Banksia Awards and will continue to support the community and industry in finding solutions to the challenges that face our natural and built environments and heritage places,” Mr Hawker said.

Nominations close on 10 May 2006.

For information visit http://www.banksiafdn.com/index.php?page=10

Media contact: Jane Templeton (02) 6277 4006