Biodiversity Awards recognise environmental excellence

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The inaugural Lismore Biodiversity Awards will be held this Friday, 25 August to celebrate and recognise excellence in environmental stewardship within the Lismore Local Government Area.

The new annual awards night is part of the Biodiversity Management Strategy and a commitment from Council to thank people in the community who are thinking and acting to improve the local environment.

The awards will recognise exceptional community groups, schools and rural landholders, with an emphasis on improving biodiversity values that support healthy habitats and native wildlife.

This could include planting local species to restore habitat, controlling invasive weeds and pest animals, protecting waterways and water quality through stock control, preserving wetlands, remediating soil erosion and helping our threatened species and ecosystems.

Council’s Environmental Strategies Officer Vanessa Tallon said there had been some fantastic nominations and the awards night would showcase hard-working and passionate local people.

“Often people doing environmental work do so quietly, and certainly with no thought of reward, so it’s wonderful to be able to publicly say, ‘Thank you, your work is important to Council, your community and our environment We will also have some exciting entertainment and will hear from guest presenter Steve Axford, an amazing wildlife and fungi photographer," Vanessa said.

"In an area renowned for its innovation and commitment to sustainability, it’s only fitting that we should have an environmental night of nights to celebrate local achievements.”

There are three award categories for 2017 and each winner will receive cash or goods and services to the value of $1000.

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

Individual Rural Landholder: For non-primary producer rural landholders demonstrating outstanding biodiversity work.

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

The inaugural Lismore Biodiversity Awards will be held at the Lismore City Bowling Club from 6pm, with the presentation of awards from 7.30pm.

 

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