Inaugural winners of Lismore Biodiversity Awards announced

Friday, 25 August 2017

Winners of the inaugural Lismore Biodiversity Awards were announced tonight during an awards ceremony at the Lismore City Bowling Club.

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

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

Each of the winners received $1000 in cash or goods and services, as well as the honour of being named winners of the very first Lismore Biodiversity Awards.

“Our winners show great passion for the environment, and an enduring love for the land that is demonstrated in the legacy they are creating,” Council’s Environmental Strategies Officer Vanessa Tallon said.

“Our winners this year are people who have strived for years to improve the local environment, and you can see the results of that labour in the forests, parks and rainforest remnants they have planted and nurtured, which are full of diverse local species and home to many native animals. It’s quite unbelievable what they have achieved.

“We are so proud of our 2017 winners. They are doing great things for our community and we should all be very grateful for their time and commitment to our environment.”

And the winners are:

Soilcare Inc. Primary Producer Award
Robert Hunter 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 trees and shrubs to improve water quality and habitat for local fish and other native animals.

Individual Rural Landholder
Ken Williams and Adrian George own a 40-hectare rural lifestyle block at Georgica that they have painstakingly turned from degraded paddocks into flourishing forest over the last 25 years. The pair have worked tirelessly to restore native vegetation, creek banks and koala habitat, doing everything from seed propagation and weed removal across 22 hectares to planting more than 4000 native trees.

Community Group or School
The Wilsons River Landcare Group has been committed to restoring lowland subtropical rainforest on the floodplain (an endangered ecological community) for more than 20 years. The group works in high-profile areas throughout the CBD such as Pritchard Park, Molesworth Street and Colemans Point (the greyhound track) to improve both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. They have also inspired countless other Landcare groups through National Tree Day and other education events.

Lismore City Council would like to thank award sponsors Soilcare Inc, Fire-wheel Rainforest Nursery and Richmond Landcare Inc, nominees and winners of the Lismore Biodiversity Awards, and the people who helped make the awards night possible.

Image: Winner of the Individual Rural Landholder Award Ken Williams (right) and Adrian George with sponsor Hannah Rice-Hayes from Richmond Landcare Inc.

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