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World Environment Day Celebrations 2008

Posted on 5 June 2008 by e-news

Theatre Royal Thursday June 5th

World Environment Day celebrations took place on June 5th in the Theatre Royal with a large crowd enjoying the afternoon tea and presentations by different groups. Dean Bridgfoot and the mayor, Alan Elliott gave out the Low CO2 Awards to local businesses and organisations who are taking on the challenge of climate change. Our congratulations to all those listed below. The winner of the inaugural Mayoral Award for Innovation and Excellence in Energy Management was The Down to Earth Store, with a special commendation going to the Maldon Football Club for all their hard work.
When you’re out and about make sure you support the Low CO2 businesses, and congratulate them for leading the way to a sustainable future.
Bronze Category winners:
Castlemaine Childcare Co-operative, Goldfields Provender, Goodfoods of Castlemaine, Gourmet Yabbies, Green goes the Grocer, Leckie Gallery, Mostyn Street Clinic and the Theatre Royal.
Silver Category winners: Instramental, Maldon Football Club, Run Sushi Run and Zen Produce
Gold Category winner:
Down to Earth Store

Following are details of the event:
On World Environment Day, Thursday June 5th, the Mount Alexander Shire Community will celebrate the achievements in reducing the impact of global climate change. The celebrations run from 3pm to 7.30pm at the Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, with free afternoon tea, kids activities and entertainment.

3pm to 6pm Activities, displays, free afternoon tea and children’s activities
6pm-7.30pm Evening events. Dinner available
7.30-9.30 Free entertainment.

Its takes a community to change the world

AFTERNOON with children’s activities
3pm Welcome and afternoon tea
3.30pm MAS-CAN Video Screening of short films “local leadership” and the “Precautionary principal”
4pm Launch of MASG Carbon Heroes exhibit
4.30pm Celebrating achievements & awards of MASG Challenge to Change
5pm Castlemaine 500 Official handover to Community House and celebrating achievements
5.30 Presentation from the Friends of the Box Ironbark, the Connecting to Country project and the Mamunya Festival 2009

EVENING with free entertainment
6.15pm Mount Alexander Shire Council Launch for public comment of the Greenhouse Action Plan
6.15pm MAS Finalists in LGA & Community sections
6.30-700pm Announcement of LOCO2 Business Awards
7.15pm Celebrating MASG Volunteers

7.30-9.30pm Free entertainment courtesy of Theatre Royal

and ALL DAY – Landcare Display

Background Info on World Environment Day:

Janet Phillips from Castlemaine 500 at the Castlemaine Community House said “We want people to come along and help us celebrate the creativity and enthusiasm that our community has for our environment. This is an incredible day with 7 organisations, schools, businesses and the Council all coming together to showcase and celebrate what is going on across the Shire. It shows that a community together can change the world”

There will be presentations, displays and activities beginning with Afternoon Tea at 3pm. The celebrations will showcase the work of Castlemaine 500; the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG), Friends of the Box Ironbark Forests (FOBIF), Mount Alexander Shire Community Action Network (MAS-CAN), the Norman Wettenhall Foundation (Connecting to Country), Landcare, and the Mount Alexander Shire Council.

In the evening MASG is hosting the LOCO2 Business Awards sponsored by the Dept. Of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts which includes the Mayoral Award for Innovation and Excellence in Energy Management. The Mount Alexander Shire will also be launching its Greenhouse Action Plan for public comment

Jane Knight, the Low CO2 project officer from MASG said “It is wonderful to be highlighting all the work that local businesses and organisations have been doing to tackle climate change. I encourage all the residents of the shire to look out for the award winners and support local businesses, who are leading the way.”

The Mount Alexander region is achieving national recognition for its leadership in tackling climate change, picking up two nominations in the United Nations Association of Australia ‘World Environment Day Awards 2008’ The Mount Alexander Shire Community a finalist in the Community Award category and the Mount Alexander Shire Council a finalist in the Local Governments category.

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