Premier's Sustainability Awards – 2021 Winners!
The Premier’s Sustainability Awards recognise and celebrate Victorians who are leading the way to a sustainable future. At the 2021 awards ceremony in November, First Friends of Dandenong Creek won in the Healthy Environment - Community Champion category.
The FFDC Committee entered the short film, ‘The Eels of Dandenong Creek’ into the "Healthy environment" category, as it highlights how pollution has eliminated a large portion of the short-finned eel in the local area. By celebrating the incredible life-cycle of the eel and its importance to Australia's indigenous nations, the film raises the profile of this species and educates the wider community around the consequences of pollution.
Watch the video here.
Special thanks to the following people and organisations:
Uncle Dave Wandin from Wurundjeri
Dr Dave Sharley and Steve Marshall at Bio2labs
Wayne Koster at Arthur Rylah Institute
Knox Environment Society
Kirsty Heiner's fantastic animation work
Michael Portway at Remember the Wild
Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation and Living Links for sponsoring this film.
The new Committee for 2021/22 was elected at the FFDC Annual General Meeting on Thursday 9 September.
We have 12 Committee members comprising:
President: Anthony Bigelow
Vice President: Charlie Miller
Secretary: Hannah Skipworth
Treasurer: Chris Macfarlane
Membership Secretary: Lex Edmond
Robert Lee (became Membership Secretary in 2022).
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FFDC publishes its newsletter, Tanjenong Tales in March, July and November each year. The newsletter started around 2003 and has been produced by Charlie Miller since 2008.
As well as providing an online archive of FFDC's activities, the newsletter gives members who are not on social media regular updates. It provides a history of the group and our achievements since the group was formed in May 1999.
Tanjenong is the indigenous word for Dandenong.
Find all editions of Tanjenong Tales here!