Book marks achievements

April 16, 2018

Author Pat Patt spoke about the insights she had gained about GVEG during the writing process.

GVEG president John Pettigrew presents Melissa Stag who worked on the book's layout with a thank you gift.

Goulburn Valley Environment Group president John Pettigrew.

There was a good turn out to the book launch.

The environment returned the favour with rain holding off for the Goulburn Valley Environment Group’s history book launch at Victoria Park Lake yesterday.

The book - Joining the Dots...A History of the Goulburn Valley Environment Group - was officially launched by Environment Victoria chief executive Mark Wakeham.

With GVEG celebrating its 25-year anniversary in recent years, it was decided a record of its history was needed.

The group secured a $2,500 matching grant from Greater Shepparton City Council and author Pat Patt has worked closely with GVEG history book committee members Louise and Esther Costa and Melissa Stagg to complete the book.

‘‘There have been some major achievements as a result of their dogged determination,’’ Ms Patt said.

‘‘I can’t imagine how many hours the members have put in.

‘‘Thank you for caring and thank you for all your hard work.’’

Mr Wakeham said he had enjoyed reading snippets from the group’s early days when up to 170 people attended meetings.

‘‘There are insights over the years which indicate GVEG were at the heart of the environmental movement,’’ he said.

‘‘From running local campaigns to raise awareness of environment issues right through to working on big campaigns.’’

Mr Wakeham said GVEG had an amazing track-record for a small group run by volunteers.

‘‘Into the future, GVEG’s work is going to be increasingly important.’’

GVEG president John Pettigrew echoed this senitment and said the issues they were fighting continued to pop back up.

‘‘The challenges are more difficult now than ever,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s wider divisions in the community and there’s certainly wider divisions politically.’’

But Mr Pettigrew said the launch was about celebrating GVEG’s achievements over its more than 25-year history.

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