Conservation group takes major title at awards

By CARRIE-ANNE GREENBANK & SARAH KRATZ

THE North Coast Environment Council was hailed 2006 'Most Outstanding Environmental Group' at the inaugural World Environment Day Conservation Awards on June 5.

The Nature Conservation Council (NCC) presented the award to the North Coast Environment Council (NCEC).

The prize included a cash prize of $500 to be used for future campaigns.

NCC director Cate Faehrmann said the NCEC won the award because of its long-standing, creative and effective environmental campaigns.

"The North Coast Environmental Council has now been campaigning for 30 years, within a wide range of environmental issues," Ms Faehrmann said.

The well-known campaign opposing the building of a pulp mill on the Clarence River played a key role in the NCEC's win, according to Ms Faehrmann.

Other factors included the assis- tance offered by NCEC to the

'The NCEC has now been campaigning for 30 years.'

North East Forest Alliance in its forest campaign as well as to individual activists opposing the construction of the Shannon Creek Dam since it was initially proposed in the 1990s.

Formed in 1977, the NCEC has recently campaigned on environmental issues relating to rainforests, wetlands, sandmining and toxic substances.

"Over the last five years they have campaigned for sustainable rail freight transport and have been instrumental in the campaign to save the Plomer Road area (near Crescent Head) from coastal development by joining with the Dunghutti elders to apply for heritage status for the area," Ms Faehrmann said.

The award was accepted by Rob Pallin on behalf of the NCEC.



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