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Jo Ross Award

"Councillor Jo (Josephine) ROSS contributed significantly to the welfare of our city especially during the years of 1992 to 1996 as a local government representative. Jo Ross was a natural environmentalist and considered “green” issues as most significant well before “green” became fashionable. She was an outspoken advocate for women’s issues.


Jo was also a most talented artist; among other achievements she won the Bathurst Art Prize for the 50th Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific. Sadly Jo passed away in 2006.


It was her wish that her legacy might benefit the community of Bathurst. Her sons Ben and Steve bequeathed 40 of Jo’s art works to Greening Bathurst to support on ground environmental works in the Bathurst district.


Following the sale of Jo’s art work it was decided to instigate an award in memory of Jo and in recognition of individuals, groups and institutions that work hard to improve our local environment. Greening Bathurst thanks the Ross family for their generosity."

Image: 2023 Recipient: Cathy Hale

2024 Jo Ross Award Recipients 

The Greening Bathurst Jo Ross Award this year was presented to Andrea and Joel Little for their work in establishing the Conmurra Wildlife Sanctuary. 


Joel actually gave a wonderful presentation at Green Drinks last October about the work that he and Andrea have been doing to reintroduce native species that have been previously lost to this area. 


You can get involved with the sanctuary through the link below, or you could decide to book a stay at the associated Airbnb which will give you the opportunity to take a guided tour of Conmurra with Joel. 

Check out their website:

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