In 1991, Bob Walshe OAM, author and environmental activist, ran a short
“Writing for the Environment” course in Sutherland. From this group grew
Sutherland Shire Environment Centre. Bob’s wisdom, approach and ongoing
support built a foundation that allows the SSEC to thrive as a force in the
Shire and its region.
Bob passed away in March 2018. His loss is felt keenly by all who had come
in contact with him over his 94 years.
Writing was a passion and a skill of Bob’s. He taught and inspired many
people to write and write and write!
In honour of its founder, SSEC is establishing an award to value the role of
writing in helping to shape a sustainable world. A new environmental writing
competition will be initiated this year.
If you are interested, take up this invitation. If you know someone who
might be interested, please pass this invitation on.
Writing for the Environment Award Details
The competition is for people who are Australian citizens and 30 years or
The piece of writing must be:
* 1000 words maximum
* Fiction or Non-fiction
* Creative, influential, thought-provoking.
* Clear in purpose and audience.
The topic for 2019 is Writing to Change the World.
Submission date: 5 June, 2019. Winner announced in early July.
Submit via email to Phil Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
By submitting your piece of writing, you give permission for the Sutherland
Shire Environment Centre to publish it on its website and elsewhere as
The winning entry will receive a prize of $1000. The winner will also be
invited to run a workshop on Writing to Change the World at the 34th NSW
Environmental Education Conference being held at Kirrawee High School on 3-5
If you have any questions, please contact Phil Smith on the email above or
on 0412 338 687.