Lismore Biodiversity Awards
Lismore City Council is calling for nominations for the 2019 Lismore Biodiversity Awards (please use online application form below).
The inaugural awards were held in August 2017 to acknowledge and thank the farmers, rural landholders, community groups and schools working to protect and enhance our local biodiversity.
The biennial awards are part of Council’s Biodiversity Management Strategy and promote community recognition of the many Landcare groups, wildlife carers, volunteers, farmers, landholders and environmental crusaders who help support and protect healthy habitats and native wildlife.
This year we have introduced a new category, for an educator or school, to recognise passionate communicators that inspire others to take action for biodiversity.
We are asking the community to nominate people or groups who show great passion for the environment and an enduring love for the land that is demonstrated in the legacy they are creating.
Each winner will receive $1000 in cash or goods and services such as bush regeneration, native trees or mulch thanks to this year’s generous sponsors – the Department of Primary Industry, North Coast Local Land Services, Fire-wheel Rainforest Nursery and Richmond Landcare Inc.
The 2019 awards categories are:
NSW Department of Primary Industry - Primary Producer Award: For farmers demonstrating best practice managing biodiversity alongside agricultural production.
North Coast Local Land Services - Rural Lifestyle Landholder: For ‘rural lifestyle’ landholders demonstrating outstanding biodiversity work.
Community Group: For community groups doing excellent biodiversity restoration or protection work e.g. Landcare, wildlife care and rescue groups.
Educator or School: For any school or community educator inspiring action for biodiversity protection and restoration.
Award nominations are now open and entry forms can be found at www.lismore.nsw.gov.au.
Nominations close on June 30. The awards will be presented at the Lismore City Bowling Club in September during National Landcare Week.
2017 award winners
Soilcare Inc. Primary Producer Award
For primary producers demonstrating best practice managing biodiversity alongside agricultural production.
Robert Hunter from Corndale owns a 40-hectare cattle property at Corndale. Over many years he has undertaken a series of fish habitat rehabilitation projects along 2.2km of Coopers Creek. His works have included stock fencing and planting more than 4500 native species to improve water quality and habitat for local fish and other native animals.
Image right: Winner of the Soilcare Inc Primary Producer Award Robert Hunter with sponsor Bonnie Walker from Soilcare Inc.
Individual Rural Landholder
For rural lifestyle landholders demonstrating outstanding biodiversity work.
Ken Williams and Adrian George own a 40-hectare rural lifestyle block at Georgica that they have painstakingly turned from degraded habitat into a flourishing rainforest over the last 25 years. The pair have worked tirelessly to restore native vegetation and koala habitat as well as degraded creekbanks, doing everything from the weed removal and the seed propagation to planting more than 7000 native species by hand.
Image right: Winner of the Individual Rural Landholder Award Ken Williams (right) and Adrian George with sponsor Hannah Rice-Hayes from Richmond Landcare Inc.
Community and Schools Group
A community group or school doing excellent biodiversity restoration or species protection work.
The Wilsons River Landcare Group has been committed to restoring lowland subtropical rainforest in the floodplain and endangered ecological communities for more than 20 years. The group has often worked in high-profile areas throughout the CBD such as Pritchard Park and along the Wilsons River to improve the urban environment. They have also inspired countless other Landcare groups through National Tree Day and other education events.
Image right: Community Group or School Award sponsor Mark Dunphy from Fire-wheel Rainforest Nursery (far right) with members of the winning Wilsons River Landcare Group (l-r) Woo Wei Richards, Kristin den Exter and Dave Dreher.
Special thanks to our very generous sponsors SoilCare Inc., Richmond Landcare Inc. and Fire-wheel Nursery.