Environmental advocacy group Western Highway Alternative Mindsets8 Inc (WHAM8) has been recognised by the state’s peak not-for-profit environmental organisation.
Environment Victoria has presented WHAM8 members with a community environment recognition award for their work in drawing public awareness to the clearing of 900 giant native trees by VicRoads during the Western Highway duplication west of Beaufort.
While the group does not support the project, it is nonetheless working with VicRoads to try and minimise the expected environmental damage.
The award recipients are leaders in their communities and have led innovative and persistent grassroots campaigns to protect nature, tackle global warming and stand up for the places they love, often with very limited resources.
“These environmental champions are inspiring examples of community groups and individuals all over Victoria working tirelessly to protect nature and stop global warming,” Environment Victoria chief executive Mark Wakeham said.
“Strong community voices have been fundamental to every major environmental outcome ever achieved in Victoria.
“Speaking up for our environment can be a challenging and relentless task, so it’s a pleasure to be able to recognise the amazing work of these groups and individuals.”
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