Updated: Dec 21, 2022
On Friday 25th November the Denmark Environment Centre won the Len Howard Community Group Award from the Conservation Council of WA (CCWA) presented to a community group that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the WA environment, and which has had the courage to challenge government and non-government decision-makers.
In addition, Geoff Evans, convenor of DEC for many years, won the Bessie Rischbieth Conservation Award, their most prestigious award, presented to an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the WA environment, and who has had the courage to challenge government and non-government decision makers.
Congratulations to Geoff who has been involved with the Denmark Environment Centre, since 1994.
Geoff guided the Denmark Environment Centre during his long tenure as Convener and developed and nurtured a sphere of influence from Augusta and Margaret River, Pemberton and the Warren Environment Group; Southwest Environment Centre in Bunbury, the Busselton Dunsborough Environment Centre, Fire and Biodiversity WA, Save Lake Jasper, D’Entrecasteaux Coalition, William Bay National Parks Association, Denmark Bird Group, Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee, WA Forest Alliance, Greens Pool Working Group, the Torbay Catchment Group, and the Albany Community Environment Centre in the east.
DEC has provided an inspiration to many and is a positive influence on community environmental values through wide-ranging initiatives. These include work in wetlands, tree planting, urban bushland, reserve revegetation, land care training, catchment repair, recycling, raising awareness on the effects of DBCA’s prescribed burning programme and community development and education through excursions into some of Denmark’s beautiful areas with input from scientists and Aboriginal elders.
They manage to achieve all this as a not-for-profit organization that relies on donations and grants as well as some income through their shop on Strickland Street.
Congratulations to and all the hardworking volunteers, staff and Committee at the DEC!