The 6th annual Bob Brown Foundation award for ‘Community Environment Award’ has been awarded to Reef Defenders, recognising outstanding work in protecting country, climate and the Great Barrier Reef. The award was accepted thankfully by Birri and Widi Traditional Custodian and group spokesperson, Ken Peters-Dodd.
The awards were presented by Bob Brown in his Foundation offices in Hobart today, following a tour through the treasured and iconic Styx Valley, home of the world’s tallest hardwood trees, and a screening of Guarding the Galilee on Saturday night, at which Ken addressed the audience, inviting them to join Reef Defenders on the ground in North Queensland.
Other award winners included Adrian Burragubba, winner of Environmentalist of the Year, for his work in the fight against Adani’s coal mine proposal, for the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners, and Murrawah Maroochy Johnson taking out ‘Young Environmentalist of the Year’ for her outstanding voice in defence of country on behalf of the Traditional Owners Family Council. As well as the ‘2017 Deni Greene Award’ for a professional working to enhance Australia’s environment, going to Giles Parkinson, the developer of RenewEconomy.com.au.
Reef Defenders have received $2000 in prize money.