Awards honour local environmental citizens

July 8, 2018 by  

Awards were presented to two local champions of the environment at the inaugural Parramatta Sustainability Awards on last month.

The first City of Parramatta Environmental Citizen of the Year, Margaret Kelly, was presented with her award at Lachlan’s House in Parramatta Park by Lord Mayor Cr. Andrew Wilson. Cr. Wilson said it was important to recognise the contributions of community members in all areas of sustainability.

Since 2005, Kelly has worked with Rydalmere Public School and various other groups in the local community to raise awareness of environmental topics and to tackle sustainability issues at grass roots level. As a volunteer with the school’s Parents and Citizens Association for many years, Kelly has been instrumental in establishing both a vegetable garden and a citrus garden. The children enjoy tending the gardens and use the produce in cooking classes, preparing healthy meals. Kelly has also been successful at gaining grant funding to expand the school’s nature playground areas.

A ‘Highly Commended’ award was presented to Nevin Sweeney, president of Permaculture Sydney West, for many years’ work in presenting workshops and maintaining a website about sustainable living.

By recognising the work done by these committed environmentalists, the council hopes to make them better known in the community and to increase networking opportunities for like-minded people. Networking helps groups to share knowledge about many matters including government grants and local services such as stationery printers.