Parkes to present environmental award for Australia Day

A new award will be presented to a Parkes individual on Australia Day next year.

Parkes Council, along with other councils throughout Australia, has been asked to introduce a Environmental Citizen of the Year Award at next year’s Australia Day celebrations.

Parkes will celebrate Australia Day in Cooke Park between 11am and 1pm with live entertainment, an official ceremony and presentation of awards.

The Environmental Citizen of the Year award recognises individuals and organisations championing litter reduction and/or environmental initiatives in their local community.

Nominees may be recognised for work such as:

  • preserving the environment
  • innovative use of the Return and Earn scheme to fundraise for a meaningful cause
  • fostering partnerships that achieve litter reduction and recycling outcomes.

Individuals and organisations including schools, local businesses and community groups are eligible to receive this award.

The award is presented in partnership with Return and Earn with each local award winner in the running to be a state winner and receive a $5,000 grant from Return and Earn towards their community initiative.

Parkes’ Australia Day celebrations begin at 7am on January 26 with a community walk and free breakfast in Cooke Park followed by a kite flying festival from 8am to 11am at Northparkes Oval and an All Australian Car Display from 10am in Cooke Park.

Harness racing and yabby racing continue the festivities that evening at the Parkes Showground.

A new award, Environmental Citizen of the Year, will be presented in Parkes on Australia Day this year.

A new award, Environmental Citizen of the Year, will be presented in Parkes on Australia Day this year.

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