Bessie Rischbieth Conservation Award

The Bessie Rischbieth Conservation Award for outstanding environmental activism is now open.  Nomination forms are available below from the Conservation Council office (telephone 9420 7266).
Nominations close Friday 27th September 2013
This award was established in honour of Bessie Rischbieth, a pioneer of the conservation movement in W.A.  It is awarded annually to an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the Western Australian environment.
The recipient needs to have been actively involved in the conservation movement for a number of years, have campaigned on an issue, or a number of issues, and have displayed qualities of courage, integrity, perseverance and commitment.
The recipient must have upheld one or more of the following principles of conservation –

  • The protection of the environment through reserves
  • The protection of the environment through appropriate action (e.g. wise management of rural land)
  • The sustainable use of natural resources (e.g. waste minimisation, recycling)
  •  The protection of communities from harmful pollution
  • Community education about the environment
  • The empowerment and organisation of individuals and groups to protect the environment

Specific additional areas for evaluation are:

  • Length of environmental activism
  • Level (degree) of involvement
  • Grassroots interaction
  • Effectiveness in environmental awareness raising
  • Sustaining involvement until conclusion of campaign/s

The award is specifically intended for a person who has had the courage to challenge government and non-government decision-makers.
Please download the nomination form below and return to CCWA, 2 Delhi St WEST PERTH 6005.