Tweed Sustainability Awards

Celebrating our sustainability champions

The Tweed Sustainability Awards celebrate champions in our community  who are going above and beyond for sustainability in the Tweed.

Sustainability means:

'Balancing environmental, economic and social impacts to satisfy the needs of the present, without affecting future generations’ ability to meet their needs.'

Nominees at the inaugural Tweed Sustainability Awards
The nominees at the first Tweed Sustainability Awards on 15 November 2019

Nominations are invited from across the community to share inspiring stories about people and projects working to protect and enhance our special and beautiful natural environment.

Nominate for the Tweed Sustainability Awards to:

  • boost the profile of your work
  • acknowledge and strengthen the efforts of your teams and supporters
  • strengthen and grow the network of like-minded people helping to protect and enhance the Tweed's unique and internationally significant environment.

Your nomination also helps our community find out about the inspiring people and projects working to protect and enhance our special and beautiful natural environment.

All nominees are also invited to a masterclass designed to:

  • Strengthen the network and support for Tweed people and projects that are creating positive change on environmental issues
  • Support participants’ skills and opportunities for existing or new environmental initiatives

Applications are invited from individuals, groups, organisations and businesses that:

  • Reside, are involved in projects, provide services and/or operate a business in the Tweed Shire local government area
  • Show they have taken significant action in the past two years to benefit the Tweed environment
  • Show their efforts to improve the Tweed environment are above and beyond what would be expected as part of their job or organisation

Award categories include:

  • Regenerative Agriculture: Recognising outstanding contributions to the restoration of soils, waterways and biodiversity in agriculture.
  • Wildlife and Habitat Conservation: Recognising outstanding contributions to the protection and conservation or active management of wildlife and native habitat.
  • Tweed Tourism and Hospitality Sustainability: Recognising outstanding contributions by tourism and hospitality operators that demonstrate exceptional commitment to the environment, community and economic development of the region.
  • Tweed Sustainability: Recognising outstanding contributions to improved sustainability across multiple impact areas by:
    • young people
    • schools
    • community groups
    • businesses
    • adults

Nominations close at 4 pm Monday 6 September 2021. Award winners will be announced at a showcase event on Friday 12 November 2021.

Read about Council's Sustainability program

For information about the awards, call Council on 02 6670 2555 or email dfirestone@tweed.nsw.gov.au.

Use the online form below to nominate. Download our Tweed Sustainability Awards nomination form 2021(DOCX, 36KB) to view the form.

2019 Award winners

Our first Tweed Sustainability Awards took place in Murwillumbah in November 2019.

They highlighted a range of environmental champions and activities in the Tweed.

The awards were also created with sustainability in mind, with trophies crafted from reclaimed timber, a 'recycled or local' dress code and food from locally sourced and native ingredients.

Congratulations to all award winners:

Regenerative Agriculture Category

  • Trophy winner
    All Natural Meat Co - Judges praised the nominees for incorporating native biodiversity, using chemical-free soil, pasture and animal health techniques and for sharing their progressive farming practices with both locals and people abroad.
  • Special Recognition Certificate
    Rob and Sue Harnett, Tweed Valley Whey Farmhouse Cheeses 
  • Special Recognition Certificate
    Robert Quirk 

Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Category

  • Trophy winner
    Green Heroes - for their innovative partnerships and environmental education programs for young people, parents and educators to encourage environmental stewardship and wildlife protection. 
  • Special Recognition Certificate
    Team Koala 
  • Special Recognition Certificate
    Bilambil Landcare 

Tweed Sustainability Category

  • Youth Trophy winner
    Josh Carpenter, Tackle Bin Project - for his initiative to trial bait bins at three locations, for gaining funding to install bins at 10 other locations, for partnering with Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers to empty the bins, record data about fishing debris collected and track the number of reduced marine wildlife entanglements.
  • School Trophy winner
    St Ambrose Student Green Team, for exemplifying student environmental leadership through presentations to assemblies, feature articles in school newsletters and students environmental initiatives throughout the school calendar year and across the campus, gardens and canteen.
  • Community Group Trophy winner
    Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre - the judges were impressed with the extent that sustainability is embedded into all facets of PBNC’s operations from the induction of volunteers and workers the detailed sustainable design considerations in the development of their new facility, through to their waste reduction and resource recovery programs, renewable energy investments and grounds management to support and enhance local biodiversity and be water efficient.
  • Business Trophy winner
    Summerland Credit Union: excelled due to the programs in place to reduce environmental impacts across Summerland’s day to day operations, how it builds sustainability into policy positions for its investments, featuring its sustainability commitments in new staff recruitment, eco loans for its customers and grants for the community.
  • Adult Trophy winner
    Claire Masters - Claire was acknowledged for her immense contribution to her own and her community’s environmental outcomes, her capacity to influence and inspire others, bringing passion and feeling to what she did, building on her own lived experience of strengthening the human connection with nature and supporting others and organisations to do the same.

People’s Choice

Over 1800 votes were received from the community in support of their favourite nominations.

  • Regenerative Agriculture
    Matthew and Henry Prichard, Cudgen Road Farms Pty Ltd 
  • Wildlife & Habitat Conservation
    Team Koala 
  • Sustainability – Youth
    Alyce Togo 
  • Sustainability – Schools
    Sathya Sai College 
  • Sustainability – Community Groups
    Nature Explorers 
  • Sustainability – Adult
    Claire Masters 
  • Sustainability – Business
    Gary Bagnall, New Leaf Café 

Posthumous certificates were presented to the family of Claire Masters in appreciation for Claire’s contribution to the Tweed environment and community.

Lee Smith received a certificate from the Mayor of Tweed in recognition of the late Peter Smith’s commitment to best-practice farming in the Tweed.