Practically Green Sustainability Awards 2016


The 2016 Awards were presented on the evening of Thursday 13 October at the Hurstbridge Hub. Business owners, traders’ groups, architects and home owners joined nominees at a great evening hosted by Richard Rowe.  

The awards are held every second year and are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and promote excellence in sustainability in Nillumbik.

The winners of the Practically Green Sustainability Awards for 2016

Sustainable Building (residential or commercial) - Llewellyn Pritchard, Conscious Homes for the Bransgrove House

Sustainable Home - Katrien Bauwens and Luc De Pauw

Sustainable Small to Medium Business – Real Food Catering

Environmental Business - Enesys Pty Ltd

Sustainable Community Organisation – Beales Road Farm

Sustainable School or Children’s Centre – Joint winners, Hurstbridge Learning Co-operative and Diamond Hills Preschool.

Previous Awards

The 2014 Awards were presented at Strada Bar and Lounge. Business owners, traders’ groups, architects and home owners joined nominees for a delicious dinner and a bit of hilarity from eco-warrior Rod Quantock.

The judges recognised a variety of sustainable activities including the efforts of a designer, home owners and local sustainability experts who worked together to achieve highly sustainable homes that have a low impact on the environment.

The judges couldn’t split two entries in the Community category so two groups shared the award:

Local Food Connect was recognised for the highly successful launch of the Eltham Farmers’ Market which attempts to link local growers, producers and makers with the surrounding community to ensure a fresh and healthy food supply that contributes to lower transport emissions and an enhanced community spirit.

The Bend of Islands Conservation Association holds around 66 events each year, including children’s activities, information sessions, flora and fauna walks, conduct studies into the health of various species and host a mountain of projects aimed at keeping this very special part of Nillumbik bushland in good condition.

High Commendation Sustainable Building Award: Felicity and Erik Donert, Owners

Winner Sustainable Home Award: Gillian Essex and Evan Gellert

High Commendation Sustainable Home Award: Hans Neilson

Winner Sustainable Small to Medium Business Award: Indigenous Design

High Commendation Sustainable Environmental Business Award: Pinnacle Quality

Winners Sustainable Community Organisation Award: Bend of Islands Conservation Association and Local Food Connect – Eltham Farmer's Market

Winner School or Children’s Centre Award: Eltham Preschool

High Commendation School or Children’s Centre: Woodridge Preschool

Council is grateful for the support of our sponsors; Valley Community Financial Services, The Cosbie Collective, Nillumbik Mudbrick Association and Enterprise Nillumbik, doing their best to support sustainability in Nillumbik.