Gulargambone Lions Club has been announced as the winner of the first-ever 2019 NSW Environmental Citizen of the Year Award.
Gulargambone Lions has returned thousands of containers through the Return and Earn scheme and gathered tonnes of old vehicle batteries to send to scrap metal recyclers, raising vital funds.
Learn more about their inspirational work below.
About the award
Each Australia Day communities are invited to participate in the NSW Local Citizen of the Year Award. The awards recognise outstanding achievements by individuals and organisations within local communities.
The Environmental award was introduced this year as a new category of the Australia Day Council of NSW Citizen of the Year Awards, recognising outstanding efforts by individuals or organisations to preserve the environment, reduce litter and improve recycling, or use the Return and Earn scheme in an innovative way to fundraise for a meaningful cause.
The 2019 NSW Environmental Citizen of the Year Award has been sponsored by Return and Earn - the largest litter reduction program ever undertaken in NSW - because these finalists share Return and Earn’s ultimate goal of improving the environment across NSW.
Return and Earn, which has so far resulted in almost two billion containers being returned for recycling, has provided $5000 to support the winner’s initiative and to help them achieve their environmental goals.
Congratulations to all of the finalists!