OUTSTANDING: Whitsunday resident and founder of Eco Barge Clean Seas Libby Edge won the Regional Achievement Award for Environment and Land Care two weeks ago on the Gold Coast. Photo Andrea Robinson
OUTSTANDING: Whitsunday resident and founder of Eco Barge Clean Seas Libby Edge won the Regional Achievement Award for Environment and Land Care two weeks ago on the Gold Coast. Photo Andrea Robinson

Awards for dedication to region

WHITSUNDAY women Libby Edge and Michelle Bourke have been recognised for their dedication to the region.

Ms Edge won the Regional Achievement Award for Environment and Land Care two weeks ago on the Gold Coast which Ms Bourke also attended as a finalist in the Business Community and Service category.

Ms Edge was also chosen out of 5000 entrants as one of four finalists in the Local Hero category for the Australia Day Awards last Saturday.

"To be nominated as one in four local heroes was an extreme honour especially because I love Australia," Ms Edge said.

"To be recognised state wide is incredible."

Ms Edge is the founder of Eco Barge Clean Seas and was congratulated for her passion and dedication to reducing environmental impacts by implementing land care practices and raising awareness of issues relating to the environment within their community. The awards were presented by Premier Anna Bligh and recognised and celebrated the outstanding achievement of excellence found in communities across the state.

Fellow awardees included volunteers, scientists, philanthropists, artists, medical researchers and campaigners, social justice advocates, carers, humanitarians, educators and civic leaders.

Ms Edge said she was dedicating her Environment and Land Care award to all of her wonderful volunteers who donned gloves and helped to collect the marine rubbish with her.

Ms Bourke received her achievement award in the Community of the Year category for the tireless fundraising efforts of Cannonvale Kidz Early Learning Centre where she is a director.

"It was wonderful to be there representing the Whitsundays," Ms Bourke said.


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