The Seven News Young Achiever Awards acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people in New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia up to and including 29 years of age as of 31st December each year.
Dr Melissa Wartman was nominated and selected as a 2020 Victorian finalist for the IKON Services Environmental Sustainability Award. This Award recognises young people that have demonstrated environmental leadership or a significant contribution to a sustainable Victoria. The award celebrates young people who have demonstrated initiatives in the efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices, the enhancement of the environment and effective, practical community action. These young people will stimulate ideas about sustainability and the environment in their community, sharing solutions and identifying strategies for change in the future.
Melissa is passionate about ensuring positive impactful environmental outcomes. Melissa is an integral member of the Victorian Coastal Wetland Restoration Program, which is designed to provide the greatest positive change for coastal biodiversity at the least cost. As full-time Program Coordinator, she leads the charge to restore 600 hectares of coastal wetlands in Victoria and manages day to day activities that include developing a wetland conservation strategy, undertaking on-ground restoration and working alongside traditional owners. Melissa helps collect and analyse scientific data to inform future wetland restoration policy and collaborates with reputable partners.
The winners for each category will be announced at the Awards Gala Presentation Dinner. The Gala Dinner Presentation is an event where people from all over Victoria come together to celebrate the fantastic achievements of young people and will take place Friday 18th September 2020.
In the meantime the People’s Choice Award has launched!
Whilst a judging panel will decide the category winners, the People’s Choice Award gives the power to the people, to vote for the finalist they think should win.
Read more about all the finalists > People’s choice gallery
Poll closes midnight Monday 14th September 2020. You can vote once a day.