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Knox resident wins Premier’s Award

Apart from our luscious green environment and unique flora and fauna, it’s the passionate community spirit in Knox that makes it such a special place. So it’s wonderful when a story captures these two unique things about Knox: the beautiful natural environment and our active, passionate community.

Even more significant is when a Knox resident is recognised for their outstanding contribution to the community with an award. Knoxfield resident Irene Kelly has done just that–but not just any award–the Victorian Premier’s
Volunteer Champions Leadership Award.

Keen on attracting local wildlife to her garden and supporting others to do so Irene co-created Gardens for Wildlife 12 years ago, an initiative to plant indigenous species of plants and trees to encourage local wildlife and a valuable partnership between the Knox Environment Society and Knox Council.

Passionate about the environment for as long as she’s lived in Knox, Irene believes the best way to attract local fauna is to use local plants wherever possible.

“If you really want varied bird life and mammals visiting your garden, you’ve got to build it from the ground up,” Irene says.

Recognising the significance of Irene’s terrific work, she was nominated for the Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Award by Nadine Gaskell, Biodiversity Coordinator at Knox City Council

As a gesture of gratitude for the recognition, Irene presented The Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau, with a local orchid.

Adopted by other councils

Due to Irene’s dedication and drive, and supported by a team of Gardens for Wildlife volunteers and in partnership with Knox City Council , more than 800 households in Knox have now planted indigenous species to encourage local wildlife.

The program Irene co-created with Council 12 years ago is such a success it is now replicated by other councils in Victoria.

We value Irene’s contribution to our community as she continues to inspire many others to join her Gardens for Wildlife journey.

Join Gardens for Wildlife

Gardens for Wildlife participants receive a garden visit from volunteers who will provide advice on attracting wildlife, together with useful information on environmental weeds, upcoming events and ways to help your local environment.

To find out how you can become involved in the Gardens for Wildlife Program visit knox.vic.gov.au/g4w

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