Enviro awards judges take close look at nominees

13:10, Jun 16 2012
Linda Jackson
FINE POINT: Otatara Landcare Group member Linda Jackson with Environment Southland councillors Marion Miller and Brian Mason at the Bushy Point Reserve yesterday. The group has been nominated for a Southland Environment Award.

An Environment Southland judging panel took a break from the office yesterday to check out some of the nominees in this year's Southland Environment Awards.

Councillors Marion Miller and Brian Mason, senior land sustainability officer Gary Morgan and environmental management director Warren Tuckey have looked at each of the 35 projects – a record number – entered in the competition.

The group has clocked up more than 1000 kilometres during seven days, judging entries from Stewart Island to Fiordland.

Yesterday afternoon the group stopped off at Bushy Point Reserve, which the Otatara Landcare Group has been restoring for several years.

The group has been nominated for the community group award.

Last year the reserve benefited from the Living Legends project, with 5300 native plants put in the ground during a community muck-in day. Another 5000 will be planted as part of the promotion.

Cr Mason said he looked for the "wow" factor when judging entries.

"When you take one look, you really are looking for the wow effect it has or is going to develop."

The winners will be announced at an awards evening on July 25, with Young New Zealander of the Year and Student Volunteer Army leader Sam Johnson the guest speaker.

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