Geraldton MLA Ian Blayney said the State Government has called for nominations for the biennial Western Australian Coastal Awards for Excellence.
The awards are hosted by the Department of Planning and Western Australian Planning Commission, and celebrate the achievements of individuals, community groups, schools, businesses, governments and non-government organisations who work to protect and manage the State’s coastal and marine environment.
Mr Blayney said the awards were testament to the efforts of hardworking West Australians who were passionate about the State’s coastal and marine environments.
He said anyone can nominate for an award and he urged the public to nominate those in their community who have demonstrated their passion and excellence in this field.
“There are many individuals in our community who have often rolled up their sleeves and tirelessly devoted their time and energy to protecting and maintaining our precious coastlines,” Mr Blayney said.
“This commitment is significant and deserves special recognition in the form of these awards which acknowledge the value of their work in different facets of coastal management.”
The award categories for 2013 are:
- Individual Contribution
- Community Group Effort
- Coastal Heritage Preservation
- Coastal Environmental Initiative
- Coastal Development/Design
- Coastal/Marine Research or Education.
Entries close at 5pm on Friday, May 3. Finalists will be notified and invited to attend the awards ceremony on August 1 in Esperance, as part of the State Coastal Conference.