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Northern Beaches Council/MEC Eco Awards

Belinda Elworthy is the winner of this year's fiercely-contested Eco Awards event. Belinda was recognised for her incredible work setting up Plastic Free Manly -  a grassroots organisation that works with the retail community to rid Manly of single-use plastic free bags.

The Awards event, presented by NBC & MEC, was held in Manly Aquarium on Thursday night.

The prestigious Eco Award gives community members a chance to nominate their 'unsung environmental hero' - someone who deserves acknowledgment for their outstanding environmental and conservation work to protect our unique natural environment.

Last year's Eco Award was won by Sharnie Connell who has campaigned for the protection of marine life for many years, including spreading the message that “Healthy Oceans Need Sharks,” as well as working to rescue distressed and injured birds and animals.

Other winners include Peter Garrett in 2006 for his long-standing support of environmental issues and 2010 winner Brendan Donohoe, president of the Northern Beaches Surfrider Foundation, who has inspired many over the years to work alongside him in the pursuit of clean water and beach conservation.

Images: Belinda (in silver dress) is presented with an original painting by Mark Budd, by NBC Kylie Ferguson. Belinda with other 2017 Eco Award nominees and MEC staff.

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