New Lismore Biodiversity Awards launched

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

To celebrate and recognise excellence in environmental stewardship, Lismore City Council has introduced the Lismore Biodiversity Awards and is calling for nominations from the community and organisations.

Environmental Strategies Coordinator Vanessa Tallon explained that the awards are part of the Biodiversity Management Strategy to recognise community groups, schools, rural lifestyle landholders and primary producers working to improve biodiversity across Lismore’s diverse landscapes.

“We’re looking for anyone who is working to protect our local environment and encouraging healthy habitats and places for our flora and fauna to flourish,” Vanessa said.

“The type of work Council is seeking to award includes planting diverse local species to restore habitat; controlling invasive weeds and pest animals that impact on native ecosystems; protecting waterways and water quality through keeping stock out of creeks, rivers and wetlands; remediating soil erosion with native plantings; and helping our threatened species and ecosystems.”

Ken Williams and Adrian George from Georgica are a great example of many local people quietly working to achieve better biodiversity. The pair have planted out much of their 40-hectare farm with more than 7000 trees and in the last 16 years they have seen degraded farming land, infested with lantana and other exotic weeds, returned to healthy native habitat with greatly increased biodiversity.

“Ken and Adrian are champions in our Rural Landholder Initiative, a key project of the Biodiversity Management Strategy, and the work they do on their property is amazing,” Vanessa said.

“We want to reward people who are out there doing great work to retain our extraordinary regional biodiversity values into the future. We want to give these people a well-deserved thank you for their efforts.”

There are three award categories in 2017 and each winner will receive cash or goods and services to the value of $1000 with the help of sponsors including Soilcare Inc., Richmond Landcare Inc. and Fire-wheel Nursery.

SoilCare Inc., a locally established organisation of primary producers, soil professionals and students with special interests in soil health, soil function and biological farming systems, has kindly sponsored the Primary Producer Award.

The award categories are:

Soilcare Inc. Primary Producer Award: For primary producers demonstrating best practice managing biodiversity alongside agricultural production.

Individual Rural Landholder: For rural lifestyle landholders demonstrating outstanding biodiversity work.

Community and Schools Group: A community group or school doing excellent biodiversity restoration or species protection work.

The awards will be presented at an event in June, providing attendees with an opportunity to network and hear about the achievements of the first year of Council’s Biodiversity Management Strategy from its Environmental Strategies Team.

To nominate a community group, school or landholder go to our Lismore Biodiversity Awards page. Nominations close 19 May.

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