Two environmentalists from the Port Macquarie-Hastings region are among 12 finalists nominated for the NSW Environmental Citizen of the Year award.
Lake Cathie's favourite eco-warrior 12-year-old Shalise Leesfield said she was thrilled to be a finalist.
She has been nominated for her fishing line campaign which included the installation of two fishing line collection bins in the area.
"My devotion to the ocean started over two years ago as I have a real passion for our marine animals and their environment and when you love something you want to protect it," Shalise said.
Shalise has received further funding from the State Government which will enable additional bins to be installed in the area and a community education component to her work.
"I am looking forward to working with council rangers as they will be playing a central role in educating and engaging with fishers on correct line disposal and making them aware of the impacts of littering,"Shalise said.
Addam Lockley has also been nominated for his role as founder of Coastal Warriors on the Mid-North-Coast.
It was when Mr Lockley took part in Clean Up Australia Day, he realised that work needed to be done all year round to keep the region clean.
The group of over 250 volunteers meet monthly in different coastal areas to remove litter from the environment.
Coastal Warriors also educates and connects with the community - informing people of the impacts of pollution and the importance of recycling.
Mr Lockley also helped to purchase a floating filtration bin in Port Macquarie to remove litter from the ocean and is working on obtaining funding for the production of a cooling pod - a device that lowers sea temperatures and improves living conditions for coral.
He said he was "humbled and honored" to be nominated for the award.
"I feel the nomination is a credit to our community and all of our volunteers and team for helping make things possible to achieve positive outcomes," Mr Lockley said.
Mr Lockley hope to expand Coastal Warriors to educate other communities and prevent more rubbish entering waterways.
"I would love to see more policies in place to protect the environment to ensure the long term future is heading in the right direction for generations to come.
"I really hope we can achieve more bans on single use plastics and follow the rest of the world on the actions being taken and eliminate a massive part of the problem."
The 2019 NSW Environmental Citizen of the Year Award has been sponsored by Return and Earn - the largest litter reduction program ever undertaken in NSW
The winner will be announced on June 5.