14 September 2017 - Media release
The annual WICKED (Waste In Campaspe – Know, Educate, Do) Sustainability Awards are now open, and the community is invited to enter by sharing their waste and environmental success stories.
Campaspe Shire Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston said the competition aims to acknowledge and reward community members working towards environmental sustainability.
“As part of council’s WICKED education program, we encourage community members to enter by presenting the efforts they have made in minimising the impact on the environment,” Cr Weston said.
This year’s theme ‘reducing our environmental footprint’ goes beyond just recycling. Schools, businesses, community groups and individuals have the opportunity to present their initiatives on how the environmental footprint is reduced at school or home, in the community or within a business.
“The success of the competition in previous years has shown us there are some great things happening in Campaspe to improve sustainability, not just at schools, but also individually and within businesses and volunteer groups. These awards offer the opportunity to present these efforts, with an awards ceremony to be held of the finalists in November.”
“Many residents are actively contributing to the sustainability of our local and global environment and deserve to be recognised for their efforts,” Cr Weston said.
The WICKED program is dedicated to encouraging residents to minimise the impact they have on the environment, through a range of initiatives targeting waste avoidance and minimisation, recycling and resource recovery, conservation, litter prevention, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water savings and other environmental issues.
Campaspe Shire’s waste contractor, Veolia, is committed to waste avoidance and resource recovery and is part sponsoring the WICKED Sustainability Awards with attractive prizes on offer over three categories:
- Individual/Community Group - submit photos with a short story to win a cash prize of $300!
- School (individual student, class, group or entire school) – submit posters, artwork, stories or videos to win a $500 cash prize for your school to put towards a sustainability project!
- Business/Industry - submit photos with a short story to win a $400 advertising voucher!
The school category is open to all kindergartens, childcare centres, primary and secondary schools in the Shire of Campaspe and Moama. Entrants in this category may submit posters, artwork, stories or videos. They may choose to enter as an individual student, class, group or entire school in order to be in the running to win a $500 cash prize for their school to put towards a sustainability project.
Entries close Monday, 30 October with winners being announced at an awards ceremony at the Campaspe Regional Library in Echuca on Monday, 13 November.
Entry forms can be accessed via council’s website and include full conditions of entry. Further enquiries regarding the competition can be made by contacting Environmental Project Officer – Education, Samantha Ferrier, on 5481 2200 or [email protected]