City of Boroondara on behalf of the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA) Councils has been announced as a finalist in the Government category for this year's Premier's Sustainability Awards for their Biodiversity Monitoring in Melbourne's East program.

Mayor of Boroondara, Councillor Jim Parke said the council was honoured to be nominated for the prestigious awards, and proud to play a lead role in the unique EAGA project.

"Biodiversity Monitoring in Melbourne's East has been a collaborative effort and this nomination would not have been possible without the contribution of the other EAGA  councils and partnerships with the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, Melbourne University, BirdLife Australia and ClimateWatch," Cr Parke said.

"One of the innovative aspects of the project was the citizen science component, which enabled residents to help monitor the local environment and contribute their findings to the research." 

Sustainability Victoria Chief Executive Stan Krpan congratulated the City of Boroondara and the EAGA Councils for their great work in reducing the impacts of climate change and building a more sustainable environment in Victoria.

“Delivering these awards each year means we continue to discover the talent and enthusiasm Victorians have for protecting their environment and thinking creatively about new sustainable business models.”

“These awards represent Victoria’s highest recognition for sustainability, and acknowledge leadership, innovation and achievement. Each finalist should be congratulated for improving sustainable outcomes across business, government and within the community," Mr Krpan said.

During 2015, the EAGA, a network of seven councils in Melbourne's east, worked with the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, Melbourne University and other researchers, not-for-profits and Victorian Government agencies to develop and trial a framework for monitoring biodiversity.

The EAGA includes Stonnington, Boroondara, Monash, Maroondah, Whitehorse, Knox and Yarra Ranges councils. The framework gives them an opportunity to reflect on and adapt their on-ground management activities in the context of a changing climate.

Key outcomes from the project included development of the framework, incorporating an implementation guide, baseline establishment, determining plots for vegetation, developing ClimateWatch trails, and introducing a community bird monitoring project.

Biodiversity Monitoring in Melbourne's East was recognised in the 2016 United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards, winning the Local Government Category.

Now in their 14th year, the Premier's Sustainability Awards continue to promote leadership and innovation in sustainability, and encourage a broader adoption of these practices by all Victorians.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 20 October at the Plaza Ballroom, in Melbourne. The Hon Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria, will personally select two winners for the Premier's Regional Recognition Award and the Premier's Recognition Award to be presented at the awards ceremony.

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