Active environmentalists receive BAT awards

As 2015 draws to a close, the Community Environment Network (CEN) has been recognising the hard work of many groups and volunteers that have been working for the environment in our region.

Each year, CEN calls for nominations and gives out the BAT Awards, based around a cricket theme that reflects the need to “Be A Team”.

The awards presentation was held on November 26, and the following recipients were acknowledged. Rookie of the Year was won by Ms Barbara Gorman, who worked tirelessly to fight against Wyong Council’s tree policy.

Best 12th Man was Mr John Wiggin, described as a stalwart of the local environment scene, who continues to support a range of organisations, often behind the scenes.

The award for Most Outstanding Community Group was given to Lake Macquarie Sustainable Neighbourhood Alliance, set up in 2011 to support over 15 individual Sustainable Neighbourhood groups.

Most Outstanding Campaign was a special recognition award given to the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park and Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council, for their commitment over many years to a successful court challenge to the proposed expansion of a Rocla sand mine at Calga.

Laurie and Jo Eyes also received special recognition for their sustained effort to “uncover the truth about the proposal for a Regional Airport in Wyong”.

The overall BAT Award was received by Ms Bernadine Mitchell, for her significant achievements over 27 years in leading and coordinating the Copacabana Dunecare Group. Ms Mitchell has also been an active member of her community through the Surf Club, Copacabana Community Association and local school.

CEN chairman, Mr John Asquith, thanked all members, supporters and friends for their efforts throughout the year and wished to acknowledge the difference they were making in protecting the environment and the Central Coast.

Media release,
Dec 2, 2015
John Asquith, CEN