Friday 26 October saw the Conservation Council’s annual Spring Mingle and presentation of the ACT Environment Awards. We would like to extend a very big thank you to everyone who came to this celebration – what a fantastic night! We are extremely lucky to have so many dedicated people in our communities who all enjoy coming together to celebrate the achievements of Canberra’s environmentalists and community organisations.
Now to paint a picture of this flowery affair…
The Lena Karmel Rooftop Garden is home to an array of native plant and vegetable gardens with plenty of spots for quiet contemplation. On this warm and balmy Friday, these gardens were basked in an orange glow that made you feel like you were in a dusk paradise. The Artivists added to nature’s colours with their spread of eye-popping painted banners that reminded us why we value the environment so much. Thanks go to the lovely Cathy Diver for providing us with dreamy folk tunes, which floated through the gardens to accompany the incredible views of Canberra city, Black Mountain and its surrounds. There was a spread of food and drinks, including soup which used some of the Rooftop Garden’s own homegrown vegetables and wine generously provided by Shaw Vineyard Estate.
After some mingling, music and chat, it was time to present the Conservation Council ACT Environment Awards. We would like to thank Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA for presenting the Awards. A huge congratulations go to Hannah Ford (Winner, Moira and John Rowland Young Environmentalist of the Year Award), Sarah Sharp (Winner, Environmentalist of the Year Award), and National Parks Association ACT (Winner, Member Group of the Year Award). We would also like to congratulate all the other finalists. MC Larry O’Loughlin expressed the Conservation Council’s excitement about the quality of the nominees:
“On the evidence in the nominations we have very good reason to be optimistic about our environmental activities in the ACT. We have great organisers, inspirers, workers, researchers and writers. The nominees look at small patches and big pictures. They are working on climate change and its solutions; biodiversity protection and enhancement; and with and within the broader community to bring about better environmental outcomes for the ACT.”
The Spring Mingle was another reminder of the fantastic environment community we have here in our Bush Capital. It was great to bring together people of all ages and backgrounds who have made a common commitment to serving the interests of Canberra’s environment. There was a lot of laughter and celebration. Thank you again to all those who came and contributed to this event!
We would like to thank in particular the amazing volunteers who helped set up the event, including the Artivists, Nick Blood (ANU Environment Collective) and Markus Dirnberger, Paul Magarey and Darcy Henderson for managing the bar, and Jenny Bounds and Kathy Eyles for preparing food. Thanks also go to David Howe from Dirty Deeds Event Sound for providing us with the tech for our music entertainment. Don’t forget to give Cathy Diver a ‘like’ on her Facebook page and stay up to date with her future gigs.
We hope you enjoyed the event and cannot wait until next year’s iteration!