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Council nominated for Environmental Excellence Award

Publish Date 10/10/2017

Port Stephens Council has received a nomination in the 2017 Local Government Excellence in the Environment Awards for its recently developed Environmental Management System (EMS).

This award recognises outstanding achievements by local government in managing and protecting the environment.

Council is one of two finalists in the category for 'Innovation in Planning, Policies and Decision Making', along with Sutherland Shire Council for their model for bringing back indigenous tree canopy project.

Council's Natural Resources Coordinator, Les Seddon, has said he is incredibly proud to be nominated, and even more proud of all Council staff involved in the project.

"This is a wonderful recognition for the progress of the EMS and acknowledges what is an innovative response to decision-making and managing environmental risk across Port Stephens Council", he said.

Mr Seddon likened the Environmental Management System to the more well-known Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) programs.

"For those unfamiliar with an EMS, it is effectively like WHS for the environment.

"It's basically a system that gives staff at Council the tools and a framework to empower them to protect the local environment in their work, in line with community expectations, just like WHS does for the protection of people's health and safety in the workplace", Mr Seddon said.

The Local Government Excellence in Environment Award winners will be announced this Wednesday 11th October at Ultimo in Sydney.