World Environment Day Dinner archives

Take a look at our past World Environment Day Dinners below. We have had a series of very successful Dinners that showcase Canberra’s vibrant environment community. We are lucky to have such wonderful organisations and people in the Bush Capital.

World Environment Day Dinner 2017

Our 2017 World Environment Day Dinner on June 3 at the National Arboretum was a huge success! The evening was an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the Canberra environment community and sustain our work protecting nature here in the ACT region, with biodiversity and climate change campaigns.

Thanks to Lish Fejer, our entertaining MC, Janet Jeffs and Ginger Catering for the wonderful food, volunteers and staff who brought it together in the weeks leading up to the event and on the night itself, donors of prizes and items for auction, talented musician Sebastian Field; and the people who attended and bought raffle tickets and bid in the silent and live auctions and the amazing people at Allbids.

Our guest speaker was Professor Penny Sackett, physicist, astronomer, current member of the ACT Climate Council and former Chief Scientist of Australia (2008-2011).

Thank you to our sponsors: the Riverview Group, ACTEW-AGL, Icon Water and Dirty Deeds.

World Environment Day Dinner 2016

We had a successful and well-attended World Environment Day dinner 4 June 2016 at the National Arboretum Canberra.

Thanks to Lish Fejer, our MC, Janet Jeffs and Ginger Catering for the wonderful food, volunteers and staff who brought it together in the weeks leading up to the event and on the night itself, donors of prizes and items for auction, our guest speaker Stephen Dovers and the people who attended and bought raffle tickets and bid in the silent and live auctions and our auctioneer Melissa Martin-Smith.

Thank you to our sponsors: Riverview Projects, ACTEW-AGL, Icon Water, Bank Australia and Dirty Deeds and to major donor Village Building Company.

World Environment Day Dinner 2015

Our major annual fund-raising event – World Environment Day Dinner – held Saturday 30 May 2015 had 250 people at National Arboretum Canberra with menu designed with local and seasonal produce by Janet Jeffs and Ginger Catering. Guest speaker – author-cartoonist Judy Horacek – weaved her cartoons and environmental themes in a thoughtful and humorous presentation. MC David PopeCanberra Times editorial cartoonist, demonstrated another string to his bow and quipped that although ABC666 announcer Alex Sloan usually would be at the event she would be swapping and doing the next Canberra Times editorial cartoon. The music was ideal for the event and beautifully done by Dirk Zeylmans (saxophone) and Lachlan Coventry (guitar and bass guitar). Chris Endrey sang and ran the live auction. Thank you to all producers who provided goods and to people and businesses who provided prizes for our auctions and raffles. We also appreciate their contribution and thank our sponsors: Village Building Company, Riverview Projects, ACTEW-AGL, Icon Water and Dirty Deeds.

World Environment Day Dinner 2014

On Saturday 31 May the Conservation Council ACT Region once again hosted its annual World Environment Day Dinner. The spectacular setting this year was the National Arboretum where about 250 guests enjoyed the magnificent setting and views over Canberra.

As our major fundraising activity the annual dinner has become a regular event on the Canberra calendar and this year was again voted a great success.  The dinner started with champagne and canapés, and continued with a delicious three course meal of seasonal and local produce prepared by regional food hero Janet Jeffs and her team from Ginger Catering. Professor David Lindenmayer, a passionate advocate for landscape ecology and conservation science for over 30 years, gave an inspirational address. Our fundraising auction included a range of donated gifts including a gorgeous quilt made by our Board Secretary Christine Goonrey.

Many guests thought the venue was the best yet and most enjoyed the food and music provided by Shortis and Simpson. The evening raised over $20,000 for our work in the ACT and region, making it the largest in both number of participants and amount raised for a single Conservation Council fundraising event.
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As always, we relied on the generous support of our staff and volunteers in organising the event as well as working at front of house and behind the scenes in the kitchen. We’ve now completed an evaluation so that we can make next year’s event even better! Some suggestions are to have more time for mingling and conversation (it’s a wonderful opportunity for people working to protect the environment and promote sustainable development to come together to celebrate our achievements – and just catch up). Better table seating arrangements, a larger screen for presentations and some changes to the auction are other suggestions we’ll take on board for planning the dinner next year. Save the date now – Saturday 30 May 2015. We look forward to seeing you there!

2014 World Environment Day Dinner