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Coastal Awards Recognise Protection Work from Broome to Dunsborough

The 2007 Western Australian Coastal Awards have recognised individuals, community groups, organisations and local governments for their contribution to the protection and management of WA's special coastal and marine environment.

Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan, who spoke at the 4th State Coastal Conference in Denmark yesterday, congratulated this year's award recipients on the dedication they had shown to coastal works.
"The awards were collected from individuals and groups stretching the State's coastline from Broome to Dunsborough," Ms MacTiernan said. "Held as part of the Coastal Conference, the awards recognised what local communities can achieve when working towards a common goal. They provide an important opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate individuals and groups for their commitment and hard work in improving the State's coastal areas. Without the fine efforts of these individuals, many projects would never have got off the ground."

The winners of each category were:

Outstanding Coastal Leadership - Michael Norman for his role in initiating the Joondalup Community Coast Care Forum and successful implementation of the Sorrento dune rehabilitation project;

Outstanding Community Group Effort - Roebuck Bay Working Group for its progress in building local capacity to care for the natural and cultural heritage of Roebuck Bay in Broome;

Special Commendation Award - Tangaroa Blue Ocean Care Society for the South West Marine Debris Project and co-ordinating volunteers to remove marine debris on the Cape-to-Cape coastline;

Outstanding Partnership in Coastal Planning and/or Management - Department of Environment and Conservation, Mid-West Region for developing partnerships with the community and stakeholder groups and co-ordinating the Coastal Assessment and Restoration Project;

Local Government Excellence in Coastal Planning and/or Management - Shire of Dandaragan for the Sandy Cape Restoration and Rehabilitation Project; and

Outstanding Coastal Development, Innovation and/or Design - Special Commendation Award - Peet Ltd for the Burns Beach Estate.

Each recipient took home a wave-design award, crafted by South-West artist Rick Cook, which signifies balancing the waves of change each group faces when completing their coastal projects.

Article by Alannah MacTiernan, Minister for Planning and Infrastructe, Government of Western Australia.