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20 YEAR VETERAN OF CUAD EARNS NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT AWARD

20 Year Veteran Of Clean Up Australia Day Earns National Environment Award

Media Release- April 2010

A volunteer organiser of Clean Up Australia Day has been recognised with a national environmental award for leadership that mirrors founder Ian Kiernan’s own journey.

Duntroon local Ingrid Mitchell first got involved in Clean Up Australia Day on Sydney Harbour 20 years ago and even though she moved away from what was called at the time “the filthiest harbours in the world”, she has co-ordinated Clean Up Australia Day sites every year since.

Clean Up Australia Chairman Ian Kieran AO today announced Ingrid as the recipient of the 2010 Site Co-ordinator for Clean Up Australia Day.

“Ingrid's journey as a Clean Up Australia Day Site Coordinator started 20 years ago and she has not missed a year ever since,” Mr Kiernan said.
After starting in Sydney, she moved to Canberra and encouraged locals to participate in Clean Up Australia Day. She has also co-ordinated Business Clean Up Day since 2002.”
Ingrid said Mr Kiernan inspired her to be a site co-ordinator when he took action to clean up Sydney Harbour in 1989.
“I thought ‘what a shock’, I have to do something about that,” she said. “That was the beginning of my 20-years as a site co-ordinator with Clean Up Australia Day”.
As the winner Ingrid will be sent on a seven-day, eco-friendly holiday, donated by TakeABreak. Travel arrangements to the value of $2000 have been provided by one of Clean Up Australia’s major sponsor’s Veolia Environnement.
 

 
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