Water leader urges entries in Premiers Sustainability Awards 


Water leader says now’s the time to enter the Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Previous entrants in the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards say that their involvement has led to better staff morale, improved profiling with their customers and stronger community relationships.

Recent research by Sustainability Victoria says that entrants not only demonstrate increased energy efficiencies and reduced bills through their sustainability projects, by telling their stories through the Awards they enjoy a range of other benefits.

Last year’s winner of the Environmental Justice category award was GWMWater for developing a Memorandum of Understanding with local Dja Dja Wurrung clans, paving the way for the 1300 kilometre South West Loddon Pipeline.

Large portions of the pipeline would cut through Dja Dja Wurrung Country, upheaving the land and unearthing the history contained within. Dja Dja Wurrung field representatives undertook nearly 20,000 hours of paid work, identifying close to 500 sites of cultural heritage. The MOU was developed as a result, laying the foundation for a cooperative partnership.

Dean Robertson, Environmental Officer, GWMWater said “The Premier’s Sustainability Awards were an obvious choice for us to enter, as it had respect and credibility.

“The recognition provided a great platform to demonstrate our project, and we’ve used it as case study in other business submissions.

“The program was a positive experience that provided great recognition and definitely something we would recommend to others.”

Sustainability Victoria assists entrants throughout the nomination stage, then finalists and winners are provided with media releases, social media graphics, professional photos and other promotional collateral.

“Our 2018 finalists and winners tell us that the Awards’ process improves engagement and marketing opportunities at every stage. From the time they complete their entries through to the announcement of finalists, then at the prestigious ceremony to announce winners and beyond, entrants report a really positive experience,” Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan, said.

In the Awards’ 17-year history, businesses, schools, organisations and community groups have enjoyed the chance to not only demonstrate their sustainability success, but to promote it.

“Now is the time for any group doing good sustainability work to highlight their sustainability through the Premier’s Sustainability Awards,” Mr Krpan adds.

Entries close at 5pm Thursday, 13 June, 2019.


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