Workers for environment honoured
THREE people who have been outstanding campaigners for North Coast National Parks were honoured for their work for the environment and their communities at the fourth annual Re-Weavers' Dinner in Grafton on Friday.
Honoured were Peter Morgan of Grafton, former Grafton resident Celia Smith and Dailan Pugh, of Byron Bay. The Re-Weavers were presented with certificates by Member for Page Janelle Saffin.
Peter Morgan and Celia Smith were involved in the establishment of the Clarence Valley Branch of the National Parks Association (NPA) of NSW, the first conservation group in the Clarence Valley.
Both were heavily involved in the campaign to save the Washpool rainforest in the early 1980s and played a significant role in the campaign to prevent the Daishowa pulp mill being built in the Clarence in 1988-89.
Celia campaigned on other forest issues including the North Washpool and continued her involvement with environmental and social justice issues after she moved from Grafton in the 1990s. She now lives in Armidale where she continues her work as an NPA member through the Armidale branch.
Peter Morgan has worked in a variety of issues over the years, including the closing of the Shelley Beach track in Yuragir National Park. He is the long-serving president of the Clarence NPA Branch.
Dailan Pugh lived in Grafton in the early 1990s. As a co-ordinator of North East Forest Alliance, he played a significant role in shaping government policies on old-growth forests and threatened species, and in doubling the size of the national park system in north-east NSW.