Canon Australia announces the 2011 Environmental Grant winners
Canon Australia has announced the winners of its annual environmental grants program – supporting five community projects with $5000 worth of Canon products to help them reach their goals.
Nominations were sought from across the country in four categories – National, Regional, Grassroots and Youth. The selection was based on the environmental merits of the projects and the importance the digital imaging products would play in realising the project’s success.
- The five winning projects: National – Total Environmental Centre – Cool Streets (Pop-Up Median Strip) Project (NSW)
- Regional – Small Farms Network (NSW)
- Regional – Conservation Volunteers Australia (NT/WA)
- Grassroots Award – Woppa-burra Land Trust - TUMRA Committee (Qld)
- Youth – Stephen Fujiwara from University of Technology Sydney - Terrestrial Ecohydrology Research Group (NSW)
Janet Leslie, Quality, Safety & Environment Manager of Canon Oceania said she was impressed with the quality of entries received this year.
“It was extremely hard for us to choose five winners. The passion and dedication put behind these projects is very inspiring. Canon is committed to supporting local community groups and this program gives us the opportunity to contribute to their success,” said Janet.
Andrew Britton, founder of Small Farms Network - a not-for-profit land care group, understands the hurdles of running a not-for-profit organisation. “We offer a support network for people who live or manage small farms - creating a community for our members who are either full time farmers or residents who live in Sydney but visit their property on weekends,” said Andrew. “We support a number of environmental projects in the area and we’ll use the Canon imaging equipment to document our work, encourage participation and create more content for members to engage with online,” said Andrew.
Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) has won the grant for the Eco Beach Sea Turtle Monitoring Program in WA - gathering further insight on different turtle species by 'turtle tagging' and monitoring local turtles in the area.
Glenn McFarlane, Marine Species Manager at CVA said the $5000 grant will allow CVA to monitor a 3km beach that they haven’t previously been able to get to.
“We haven’t had the resources to buy or borrow a boat – the Canon binoculars will eliminate this logistical and expensive barrier as we’ll be able to see and record the number of turtle tracks we see going up and down the beach,” said Glenn.
Members of the Woppa-burra Land Trust who were winners in the Grassroots category
Harry Van Issum from Woppa-burra Land Trust plans to use the Canon products to promote an understanding within the local community of the Woppa-burra people, law, language, customs and traditions. The Woppa-burra people are the traditional owners of the Keppel Islands. The Woppa-burra Land Trust is comprised of community elders and other family members who work to promote an understanding of Aboriginal culture in the Rockhampton area. As part of their work, the Woppa-burra Land Trust has initiated a sub-committee to further develop their Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA).
“The $5000 Canon Environmental Grant will allow us to record sea and land characteristics on the Keppel Isles as well as turtle nesting, flora and fauna. We’ll then present the images at the TUMRA sub-committee to our elders to make them aware of various issues on our land that need their attention,” said Harry.
“We look forward to working with the winners to see the end results. I really encourage small community groups to apply next year – it’s a great opportunity and winners can choose from a range of products including DSLR cameras, video cameras, binoculars, projectors and multi-function devices,” said Janet.
Ruth Hessey from Total Environment Centre, winner of National Award
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