Residents, community groups, schools and stormwater
designers in the Parramatta and Holroyd areas are to be rewarded
for their contribution to helping improve the local environment
in the 2004 Regional Environment Awards. Nominations are now
open for this year's awards, being organised by the Upper
Parramatta River Catchment Trust and local councils.
The awards are open to anyone or any organisation in the
Blacktown, Baulkham Hills, Holroyd and Parramatta local government
areas whose activities or projects have helped the local environment.
At 97 years of age Frank Samuels, last years Diamond award
winner, has been working in Third Settlement Reserve in Old
Toongabbie for over 27 years.
The retired farmer said, "I have been planting trees
and clearing weeds for a very long time now. The reserve has
come a long way over the past 27 years. I wasn't expecting
to win $6,250 at last year's awards. The money has gone towards
building a park bench and table, as well as purchasing some
more plants, and removing of weeds within the reserve."
Stephen Lees, the Executive Officer of the Upper Parramatta
River Catchment Trust, added:
"Our community is working hard to help improve the local
environment, often with very little recognition. The Trust
and the Councils want to recognise those efforts and encourage
everyone to keep up the good work. If you know of anyone who
should be recognised, please nominate them."
Winners in the categories of individual, community group
and school in each local government area will each receive
$250 for a future environmental project. These winners among
the councils will then be independently judged for a $1,000
prize in each category. The best overall nominee will collect
the Diamond Award valued at $5,000.
To nominate yourself, or suggest a worthy person or organization,
please call Mathew Ferguson at the Trust on 9891 4633 or visit
the web site at www.uprct.nsw.gov.au
for an entry form.
Applications close Friday 30 April 2004.