If you’re looking for the Coastal and Marine team at the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) this week, you’ll probably find them out riding the crest of a nation-wide wave.
The team, which prides itself on its high level of community engagement to advance sustainable natural resource management across the MidWest region, was last night judged the winners of the Coastal Community Engagement Award at the Australian Coastal Councils Association (ACCA) annual conference – which was held in Redcliffe, on Queensland’s “Serenity Coast”.
NACC was nominated for the award by the Friends of Lancelin Coast group earlier this year – in recognition of the team’s dedicated efforts towards community engagement and support throughout 2016. The award was accepted by Caroline Knight, who is the Western Australian representative on ACCA’s Committee of Management.
In announcing the award, NACC’s Coastal and Marine team was congratulated for their ongoing and passionate commitment to support and deliver community engagement events and activities in collaboration with community groups and individuals across the NACC NRM region.
With support from a long list of regional partners and other stakeholders – including coastal community groups, not-for-profit organisations, local businesses, state and local government organisations – NACC has been able to facilitate a wide range of innovative projects such as Healthy Estuaries, the Coastal Plant Pocket Guide App, Photomon, and events such as the Big Beach Clean-ups, the Jurien Bay Dogs Breakfast, Appreciate Your Beach, and Native Garden Guide workshops.
NACC Coastal Marine Project Manager Hamish Longbottom said he was incredibly proud of the achievements of NACC’s Coast and Marine team and for the award.
“I am deeply honoured to work with such great people,” he said. “And it’s not just us. All of this would not be possible without the support from the entire NACC team. We are so lucky to have such passionate and hardworking staff working together to achieve great things, so this award is for all of us.”
NACC CEO Richard McLellan said the award highlights NACC’s commitment to community engagement in the NACC NRM region, and “really underlines” NACC’s mission of “Catalysing Community Conservation”.
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“The Coastal and Marine team – comprising Mic Payne, Hamish Longbottom, Vanessa McGuiness and Tegan Clarke – is setting the pace in community engagement, continually going “above and beyond” in their support for communities and community groups all along our coastline to undertake the important work that they do.
“I’d especially like to thank the Friends of Lancelin Coast for nominating NACC for this award.”
This team was supported by NACC through funding from the National Landcare Programme, WA State NRM Program and Coastwest.