Pullen for the environment

CARING for the environment is second nature for Margaret Pullen, who was recently honoured at the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Awards ceremony.

The life-long Wangaratta North resident won the Dame Phyllis Frost Award, recognising her passion for environmental protection, volunteering and community participation.

The Wangaratta Community Pride Committee chairwoman was “astonished” when she received the award, listing it as one of her greatest achievements.

“Winning this award is so special,” Mrs Pullen said.

Dame Phyllis Frost was the founder of the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria initiative and a personal hero of Mrs Pullen.

“Dame Phyllis’ passion for the environment has been so influential on me. I’ve always admired her,” she said.

Mrs Pullen also names her father as a driving force behind her passion for her local community.

“My father was very passionate about this area,” she said.

“Being a farmer, he always tried to carry out sustainable practices.”

Wangaratta High School student Amanda Roberts, 17, received the Young Leader award for her numerous contributions to her local community and school.

“It’s amazing and really encouraging to be recognised,” she said.

Amanda is a member of the Wangaratta Community Pride Committee and spends countless hours volunteering at community events and driving school-based initiatives.