Friends of Felton wins social justice award

THE Social Justice Commission for the Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2012 Social Justice Award is the Friends of Felton.

"Since 2008 the Friends of Felton have conducted an historic campaign to protect prime agricultural land on the Darling Downs," stated Executive Officer Dr Mark Copland.

"They have acted with integrity, good humour and pursued the Common Good.

"The Friends of Felton engaged widely with the community and offered an alternative sustainable energy plan for the Felton Valley which could be used instead of an open cut coal mine and petro-chemical plant.

They also initiated the Felton Fine Food Festival which gave the wider community a great way of learning more about where their food comes from.

In this Year of the Farmer the festival was an excellent example of positive community education.

The annual social justice awards began in 2003 and have been awarded annually to people working in the areas of refugee support, disability advocacy, affordable housing, Indigenous Youth Justice, environmental campaigns and working in the area of domestic violence prevention.

As the social Justice Commission celebrates its tenth year of existence the Friends of Felton is a worthy winner.

Bishop Robert McGuckin will present the award to the President of the Friends of Felton, Mr Ian Whan at the conclusion of the 9am mass at St Patrick's Cathedral on Sunday 25th November

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