The Dunphy Award for the most outstanding environmental effort of an individual has been awarded to Doug Lithgow.
Doug has been working for the protection and improvement of the environment in the Newcastle-Hunter region for many years. He is the face of the Parks & Playgrounds Movement, which was brought to Newcastle in 1952 and has played a large role in a great number of environmental battles.
Some of the battles included the protection of Lake Macquarie and its foreshores, Blackbutt Reserve, the Newcastle East land formerly owned by the State Rail Authority, Sugarloaf reserve and the Glenrock State Recreation Area.
In 1987 Doug was honoured with the Newcastle University's Board of Environmental Studies Environmental Achievement Award.
Doug’s outstanding conservation efforts have also been recognised by Newcastle City Council who has presented him with the “Freeman of the City” award.
Most recently Doug’s tireless campaigning to preserve the heritage values of Nobby’s Headland has had a win with the Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett ruling against the proposal for a development at the historic lighthouse site, under the EPBC Act.
Doug Lithgow received the Award at the Jemby Rimjah Eco-lodge in the Blue Mountains.