VWSG wins the Virgin Coastcare Award for 2019

The VWSG was nominated for the Victorian Landcare Virgin Coastcare Award by Bethany Hunting from DEWLP (the new CoastCare officer for Gippsland).

Rob and Prue were very excited to receive the “Virgin Coastcare Award” on behalf of the VWSG at Government House in Melbourne on August 30. They received the award at a ceremony at government house in the presence of the governor and Lily D’Ambrosio. This is a great tribute to the hard work of members of the VWSG and the many hours spent catching birds and all the preparations that go into making our catches. It is good to know that our work is demonstrated to have benefits to the wider environmental community.

Prue and Rob at the Victorian Coastcare Awards

The Virgin Coastcare Award acknowledges a community group or network that has contributed to the significant improvement of a coastal or marine environment. This may include estuaries, coastal and marine wetlands, river systems and salt marsh ecosystems. The Coastcare activities may include sand dunes restoration, the protection of threatened species, removing invasive species that are imposing on native flora, plastics and waste removal, education and volunteer engagement, and mitigating urban impact on marine environments like storm water pollution or the control of access to sensitive and vulnerable areas. State winners go forward to the National Landcare Awards later in the year.