The City of Boroondara has again received accolades for its environmental work, winning the Government category in this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards for a project studying biodiversity monitoring in Melbourne’s east.

The project, which was led by Council on behalf of the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA), was also awarded the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Award in the Local Government category in June.

The award was accepted by Boroondara Councillor Heinz Kreutz (now retired) on behalf of the EAGA at the awards ceremony in Melbourne last week (Thursday, 20 October).

Bruce Dobson, City of Boroondara Director, Environment and Infrastructure, said it was pleasing that the project and Council’s lead role had been acknowledged with such a prestigious award.

“The Premier’s Sustainability Award, alongside the UN Award and our project outcomes, recognises the importance of monitoring and protecting biodiversity as the climate continues to change.

"Biodiversity monitoring in Melbourne's east has been a collaborative effort. This award simply wouldn’t have been possible without the contribution of the Project Lead, Boroondara’s Andrea Lomdahl, the other EAGA councils and partnerships with the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, Melbourne University, BirdLife Australia and ClimateWatch”, he said.

During 2015, the EAGA, comprising Stonnington, Boroondara, Monash, Maroondah, Whitehorse, Knox and Yarra Ranges, worked with their research partners, not-for-profits and Victorian Government agencies to develop and trial a framework for monitoring biodiversity.

The framework aims to help EAGA councils reflect on and adapt their on-ground management activities in the context of a changing climate.

“Our innovative approach to citizen engagement, which enabled residents to help monitor the local environment and contribute their findings to the research, was recognised with this award,” Mr Dobson said.

Key outcomes from the project included development of the framework and implementation guide, baseline measures on native vegetation, and three ClimateWatch trails across the region as well as the establishment of a community bird monitoring project.

EAGA will continue to use project resources to monitor biodiversity and encourage more residents to get involved.

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