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Kookaburra awards

Held every second year, the Kookaburra Awards seek to:

  • Recognise and honour individuals and groups who have made an outstanding voluntary contribution to the Victorian park system.
  • Raise awareness of the extent and importance of community involvement in the Parks Victoria estate.
  • Encourage community involvement in the future development and conservation and use of the park system.

Kookaburra Award Winners 2016

There were 67 nominees, each having made a tremendous contribution to Victoria's park system. Congratulations to all award winners and nominees for their commitment and contribution to our parks. 

Conserving Special Places Award 

  • Friends of the Hooded Plover (Melbourne Division)
  • Victorian State Rose Garden Supporters (Melbourne Division)
  • Tarrangower Cactus Control Committee (Northern Victoria Region)
  • Hawkweed Eradication Program (Eastern Victoria Region)
  • Annie Schofield (Western Victoria Region)

Connecting People to Places Award

  • Friends of Westgate Park (Melbourne Division)
  • Friends of Wyperfeld National Park (Northern Victoria Region)
  • Friends of Mount Worth State Park (Eastern Victoria Region)
  • Friends of Canadian Corridor (Western Victoria Region)

Improving Health Benefits Award 

  • Lysterfield District Trail Riders (Melbourne Division)
  • Corrections Victoria (Northern Victoria Region)
  • Gippsland Mountain Bike Club (Eastern Victoria Region)
  • Dr. David Stratton and Ms. Ros Hart (Western Victoria Region)

People’s Choice Award 

  • The Ballette Family (Eastern Victoria Region)

Young Kookaburra Award

  • Friends of Maroondah Reservoir (Melbourne Division) 
  • Wollongarra Stage 2 and 3 (Eastern Victoria Region)
  • Corran Belleville (Western Victoria Region)
  • Joy Thorup Andersen (Western Victoria Region)

Individual Achievement Award
  • Darrel Edwards (Melbourne Division)
  • Jim Irving (Northern Victoria Region)
  • Greg Rose (Eastern Victoria Region)
  • Julie Davies (Western Victoria Region)
  • Graeme Stockton (Western Victoria Region)
  • Tracey Skinner (Western Victoria Region)
  • Michael Moore (Northern Victoria Region)

Aboriginal Award

  • Uncle Rob Lowe Snr (Western Victoria Region)

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Vicki Boyle (Melbourne Division)
  • Marie Jones (Northern Victoria Region)
  • Don Love (Eastern Victoria Region)
  • Bernie Fox (Western Victoria Region) - Posthomous award
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