[Music plays] (Richard Morecroft) The host of the Green Globe Awards. Please welcome the Minister. (Mark Speakman) It’s the seventeenth Green Globe Awards and this is a great chance for everyone in New South Wales to recognise environmental excellence. (Richard Morecroft) I know that some of those projects and people who are going to be rewarded tonight have done some fantastic things. (Clarence Slockee) I would like it to be known that we are on Aboriginal land. Aboriginal people, we were green before green was cool. (Nicolette Boele) It’s probably one of the most inspiring times of the year when I get to judge the Green Globe Awards. (Kate Harris) Do you know what, there was a lot of entries, which is a good thing. It made for quite a lot of reading but I loved all of the entrants’ passion and determination. (Mark Speakman) Recognising the influence that people can have as private citizens, as corporations, as community leaders, community groups, local councils, in influencing the environment around the making of the world a better place. (Sal Bua) Really inspiring talking to other people about their sustainable and green initiatives. It encourages us to do even more for the environment. (Nicolette Boele) And the first winner is… (Clarence Slockee) This is a way for people to actually be rewarded for work, some of them have probably been doing it for years but fathers to realise that this is beneficial to my business. This is beneficial to my community. (Stephen Butt) It’s just great to be here, let alone to be selected as an award winner. (Robin Mellon) Time and time again we see that people putting in their nominations come out on top when they thought they were just a small company. (Cate McQuillen) Tonight we were awarded the Green Globe Award for Resource Efficiency for our project, the Get Grubby project. (Louise Gulbis) We won the best in our category of Community Leadership and then very surprisingly, very unexpectedly we also took out the best of the best Gold Globe for Best Overall Achievement. (Jason McMaster) It is becoming common practice now across all industries for people to get more involved in it. I think it’s essential. It’s not just important but it really makes good business sense as well. (Sue Turner) The small businesses, when we are struggling on our own, this kind of event is amazing. It actually gives us support. It gives us hope. It gives us initiative to carry on and it gives us kind of recognition of what we’re doing because when you’re on your own you think nobody’s noticing but this kind of event night supports us and makes us go further. (Matthew Scard) It’s a great way to find out about new trends, innovations and what’s happening in this industry. If we didn’t have this, how would we know what was going on. It’s such a great way to pull all these ideas together. (Annette Mayne) We’re absolutely thrilled. We have never gone for anything like this before. (Cate McQuillen) To be able to have that kind of support and that kind of pat on the back. It’s phenomenal. So, we will be absolutely milking this for all it’s worth, in the nicest possible way.