Tony and George shared the Victorian Environment Friends Network Best Friends Award 2019, supported by a contingent of members of Westgate Biodiversity.
Here’s how their contribution was described:
George provides the knowledge base in how, what and where to plant. He also knows all our birds and assists in identification. He is generous with this knowledge and enjoys sharing it with those around him.
Tony manages to attract and retain volunteers (equivalent to 10 full time workers), delegating tasks and including everyone in his plans. He liaises with Landcare Australia to ensure a steady stream of corporate volunteers as well as the job agencies which manage the Work for the Dole program. He is also the one who suggests and organises social events and field trips which build strong bonds within the volunteer community.