The Nature Conservancy Australia announced as finalist in 2017 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards

The Nature Conservancy Australia has been announced as a finalist in the Community category for this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards for their Shuck Don’t Chuck Shell Recycling Project that regenerates reefs with leftover oyster shells.

The interim Chief Executive of Sustainability Victoria, Stephanie Ziersch, praised the team for their creative and insightful work towards building a more sustainable environment.

“Delivering these Awards each year means we continue to discover the talent and enthusiasm Victorians have for protecting their environment and thinking creatively about new models of sustainability.

“These Awards represent Victoria’s highest recognition for sustainability and acknowledge leadership, innovation and achievement. Each finalist should be congratulated for improving sustainable outcomes across business, government and within the community.”

The first of its kind in Australia, Shuck Don’t Chuck is a recycling program that helps to regenerate shellfish reefs with leftover oyster shells collected from local seafood restaurants and suppliers.

The program was pioneered in the US and, in Australia, The Nature Conservancy is importing this international know-how and tailoring it to local conditions through work with scientists, aquaculture farmers, seafood outlets and wholesalers.

Shells are quarantined and cured for six months then reused as new oyster and mussel reef habitat, diverting that waste from landfill in the short term and creating a healthier bay with improved water quality and habitat.

Now in its 15th year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards continue to promote leadership and innovation in sustainability, and encourage all Victorians to step up.

The winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony, hosted by media personality Charlie Pickering on Thursday 26 October at the Plaza Ballroom, in Melbourne.

The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, will personally select the winners of the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award and the Premier’s Recognition Award, which will be presented at the Awards ceremony.

For more information on the Awards, finalists and to purchase tickets for the award ceremony, visit

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