Gloucester wins at the Keep NSW Beautiful Blue Star Sustainability Awards.

Taking home the top prize: Norma Fisher and Penny Drake-Brockman accept the award with pride during the ceremony on Saturday night. Picture: Supplied

Taking home the top prize: Norma Fisher and Penny Drake-Brockman accept the award with pride during the ceremony on Saturday night. Picture: Supplied

The second annual Keep NSW Beautiful Blue Star Sustainability Awards were announced in Orange over the weekend (Saturday, November 5) and Gloucester came home with one overall winner and two highly commended awards.  

Penny Drake-Brockman was nominated for things like; protecting endangered wildlife, conserving native vegetation and engaging the community.

Penny Drake-Brockman was nominated for things like; protecting endangered wildlife, conserving native vegetation and engaging the community.

It was hard to wipe the smile off Penny Drake-Brockman’s face when it was announced that she was the overall winner of the Environmental Achievement Award.

“I’ve loved having the opportunity to engage the community in my work and draw people’s attention to supporting our bird populations, by designing bird-friendly gardens and parks.

“I’m so proud to bring this award back home to Gloucester and I’m looking forward to continuing this work in our community,”  she said.

Gloucester also took out highly commended in the Waste Less Recycle More and Sustainable Systems categories at the prestigious awards. 

MidCoast Council’s director of community spaces and services, Paul De Szell was excited to hear the news about these well-deserved awards.

“Gloucester has a long standing reputation as one of the state’s tidiest towns and it’s great to see this passionate community continuing to work towards achieving great environmental outcomes,” said Paul.

To find out more about the 2016 Blue Star Sustainability Awards, including a full list of winners, visitwww.knswb.org.au/our-programs/the-blue-stars.