has never been a more important time to share the great environmental work you,
your farm, your business or your community group is undertaking, says
Environment Southland chief executive Rob Phillips.
Environment Southland Community Awards are not just an opportunity to
acknowledge the effort everyone is putting in to looking after the natural
environment, but also a chance to spread the passion for what you are doing -
and gain support for this vital work happening around our region.”
are now open for the annual awards which look to recognise the achievements of
individuals, groups, farms and businesses in the Southland community.
year, special focus has been given to the rural and business categories, with
the aim of encouraging nominations from all those that are on an environmental
journey – whether they be at the beginning or at the conclusion.
year the calibre of nominations is extremely high, and the awards evening is a
great opportunity to celebrate those looking after Southland’s amazing natural
environment. We often see reluctance to enter because a project has only
made a small impact and isn’t near completion. It is important that we
acknowledge those groups or individuals making changes with a clear vision for
future impact, because it is those small steps that will lead to greater change
in our community.”
different award categories cater for all kinds of environmental projects and
activities. The categories include individual, rural, education, community and
business. The same project can be nominated in up to two categories.
entered must be either located in Southland, have been developed in Southland
or be of demonstrated benefit to the region. People can nominate their own
project or another project that makes a positive contribution to the
entries receive sponsored prizes that include cash, travel or native plants.
is the 24th year the awards have been held and the 2019 winners will be
announced at a gala dinner to be held in Invercargill in early October.
nominations close on Friday 26 July. Nominations
can be made online at: www.haveyoursay.es.govt.nz.