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2002 Winners

2002 Banksia Gold Award

   2002 Banksia Gold Award

 Protecting Little Penguins on the Summerland Peninsula- Phillip Island, VIC

The protection of Little Penguins on the Summerland Peninsula is an extraordinary success story of one of the longest running seabird research programs in Australia coupled with wise management and ecotourism practices.

The project led to the formation of Phillip Island Nature Park to ensure consistant coastal management across Phillip Island. The Park developed a Management Plan, in consultation with community and stakeholders.

Implementation of the Plan ensures ongoing understanding and protection of little penguins and their habitat as well as the conservation of other marine and coastal species including Short-tailed Shearwaters, Hooded Plovers, Crested Terns and Australian Fur Seals as well as rare coastal plant species.

 

2002 Banksia Corporate Responsibility and Leadership Award

   2002 Banksia Corporate Responsibility and Leadership Award

City West Water’s Path to Sustainability, VIC

City West Water identified sustainability and triple bottom line management as important issues for its business and community early in 2000. From a strong base of environmental commitment, the drive to embrace sustainability has been championed at a range of levels across the company. Achievements have included development of Sustainability and Community Engagement Policies, their first Sustainability Report, Community Consultation to achieve a balanced solution for its sewage treatment plant upgrade and ongoing ISO 14001 accreditation. The company and its employees are committed to taking a leadership role, working in partnership with their community, to achieve the shared vision of sustainability.

Finalists:

  • BHP Billiton : Cannington Broadening Our Horizons
  • Stanwell Corporation Limited
  • 

The Yalumba Wine Company
  • 

Visy Pulp & Paper
  • Tumut NSW

 

2002 Banksia Small Business Responsibility and Leadership Award

   2002 Banksia Small Business Responsibility and Leadership Award

Pacific Hydro Ltd.,  VIC

Pacific Hydro is an Australian renewable energy company, publicly listed in the ASX 200 Index of the Australian Stock Exchange. Since commencing operations in 1993, Pacific Hydro has been conscious of the continual need to be environmentally and socially responsible, by developing innovative and environmentally responsible renewable energy solutions. The company has led the field as the country’s pre-eminent triple bottom line independent power producer and has achieved the following significant milestones.

  • Over 110MV of river Hydro projects in Australia and South East Asia with a further 300MV under development or construction.
  • 2 MW wind farm commissioned in Victoria in 2001, planning approval for 75MW in Victoria and several hundred MW under development.

Finalists:

  • AQ Australia
  • David B Overell Pty Ltd
  • 

Yelverton Brook Luxury Eco Retreat & Wildlife Sanctuary

 

2002 Banksia Government Leading By Example Award

   2002 Banksia Government Leading By Example Award

Landcom, Leading By Example, NSW

In a world where the only constant is change, there are governments, organisations, companies and individuals who face the daunting task of making sure those changes are for the better. Landcom is one such organisation. Our size and scope allows us to influence our future. This is a responsibility we relish. We insure that the communities we create today – where value and profit are important for their own reasons – leave only positive impacts for future generations. Only then will we know how much value we have created or if we have profited.

Finalists:

  • Newcastle City Council : Greenhouse Action in Newcastle (GAIN)
  • 

Melbourne Water
  • SEDA : Australian Building Greenhouse Rating Scheme
  • Sydney Water Corporation

 

2002 Banksia Buildings Award

   2002 Banksia Buildings Award

Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre, City of Melville, WA

The Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre is a unique environmental centre that now offers the community access to education and demonstration facilities covering the environment alternative renewable energy technologies for waste treatment and water treatment. The building provides a working example of an educational facility serviced by sustainable technology.

One of the main features of the centre is the fact that it is not connected to Mains Electricity, water supply or sewage. All of these services are generated or supplied from renewable energy sources thus making the building truly “green”.

At a cost of $1.3million the Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre is arguably the best

practical demonstration of a sustainably designed facility in Australia.

Finalists:

  • Gregory Burgess Architects – Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre
  • Parks Victoria – The Twelve Apostles Centre
  • Peter Jones Architect – Irvine Residence

 

2002 Banksia Infrastructure and Services Award

   2002 Banksia Infrastructure and Services Award

The Alcoa Portland SPL Treatment Process, VIC

All aluminium smelters create a hazardous waste known as Spent Pot Lining (SPL) that contains cyanide and fluoride. Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of SPL have been stockpiled around the world, because there has been no satisfactory and economic way to dispose of it. Portland Aluminium has worked on this problem since 1989 and has developed a unique process that recovers most of the fluoride in the SPL so that it can be re-used in making aluminium. The treatment also destroys the cyanide and generates a harmless slag that can be used as road fill and for other commercial purposes.

Finalists:

  • Melbourne Water
  • Resource NSW – Going for Zero
  • South Australian Housing Trust – New Haven
  • Western Power Corporation

 

2002 Banksia Community Group Achievement Award

   2002 Banksia Community Group Achievement Award

Watershed 2000, Central Hopkins Land Protection Association, VIC

Watershed 2000 has become an immensely varied and complex project that is well positioned to lead Landcare to new and extended heights in this new millennium, and is already regarded as a role model for community involvement in sustainable management of natural resources.

Watershed 2000 aims to provide an environment that is a profitable, healthy and desirable place to live by continuously increasing the broad scale development of the environment and community to provide a strong resource base within the region.

It is a program of community participation and sustainable management. The health and wellbeing of the urban and rural community, its businesses, industry and environment interact as a whole unit. With this philosophy, Watershed 2000 has undertaken strategic planning to establish goals, targets and actions for on-ground works.

Finalists:

  • Camperdown College : Australian Students Wetlands Conference
  • 

South West NSW Land Management Group : Private Biodiversity Conservation Reserves

 

2002 Banksia Manufactured Products Award

   2002 Banksia Manufactured Products Award

VISY Closed Loop and QANTAS, VIC

Taking Environmental Products to New Heights

In July 2001, Qantas introduced a new boxed meal concept on their domestic services. The introduction of this new product brought about many challenges, including the need to minimise the impact on the environment.

 For this, Qantas approached Visy Closed Loop who devised and implemented a full closed loop recycling program. This ensured all products were manufactured from materials that can be collected after use, recycled and remanufactured into new end use products.

Through this program, the first of its kind in the world, over 1600 tonnes of waste has been diverted from landfill. The closed loop program and its products, successfully combine financial, operational, marketing and environmental objectives to take product stewardship to new heights.

Finalists:

  • Glockemann Peck Engineering -The Glockemann Water Powered Pump

 

2002 Banksia Coastal and Marine Award

   2002 Banksia Coastal and Marine Award

Protecting Little Penguins on the Summerland Peninsula, Phillip Island, VIC

The protection of Little Penguins on the Summerland Peninsula is an extraordinary success story of one of the longest running seabird research programs in Australia coupled with wise management and ecotourism practices.

The project led to the formation of Phillip Island Nature Park to ensure consistant coastal management across Phillip Island. The Park developed a Management Plan, in consultation with community and stakeholders.

Implementation of the Plan ensures ongoing understanding and protection of little penguins and their habitat as well as the conservation of other marine and coastal species including Short-tailed Shearwaters, Hooded Plovers, Crested Terns and Australian Fur Seals as well as rare coastal plant species.

Finalists:

  • Coastal CRC 

Dolphin Research Institute
  • Lake Illawarra Restoration Work

 

2002 Banksia Communications Award

   2002 Banksia Communications Award

Healthy Parks Healthy People, Parks Victoria, VIC

This paper describes the Parks Victoria, Healthy Parks Healthy People (‘HPHP’) communication campaign which was developed and launched in May 2000. The campaign was developed to raise awareness of the importance of the Victorian parks and waterways system by establishing the link between a healthy environment and a healthy community.

 The whole community was identified as the target audience, with seniors, adolescents and stakeholders targeted as vital to the campaign’s success.

 The funds for the program were used for broad based awareness – an 8 week radio and print program with supporting activities culminating in the ‘Victoria’s Parks Festival’ in Albert Park, supported by four weeks unpaid editorial from the Sunday Herald Sun. Posters and brochures were developed & distributed to general practitioners’ surgeries statewide. A significant contributor to the success of the campaign was its endorsement by staff and in particular the championing by regional staff and by their communications teams.

The campaign benefits to date have exceeded expectations.

Finalists:

  • Eco Recycle Victoria – Home Composting Campaign
  • Whitehorse City Council – Towards a Sustainable Future
  • Australian Council of Building Design Professionals – BDP Environment Design Guide
  • Ararat Community College – Lab’s Alive

 

2002 Banksia Bush, Land and Waterways Award

   2002 Banksia Bush, Land and Waterways Award

Bidgee Banks, Greening Australia, NSW

“..protection from erosion is by far the most important strategy for improving water quality.” -State of the Environment Report 2001.

The Bidgee Banks project in 2 years has engaged 230 landmanagers in the rehabilitation of more than 220 km of river and 1,150 hectares of riparian zone in the Murrumbidgee catchment. A Natural Heritage Trust-funded partnership between Greening Australia (GA), NSW Department of Land & Water Conservation (DLWC) and riparian landholders. Bidgee Banks targets streambank erosion hotspots and high-grade remnant vegetation. The project represents a model example of rapid and effective community environmental action.

Finalists:

  • Friends of George St Reserve

 & Bayside City Council
  • Rehabilitation of the Broken Creek System, 

Rio Tinto
  • Project Platypus – A Landcare Partnership

2002 Banksia Socially Responsible Investment Award

   2002 Banksia Socially Responsible Investment Award

Australian Ethical Investment, ACT

All Australian Ethical Trusts and Superannuation Investments are selected in accordance with the Australian Ethical Charter – the principles guiding a portfolio of some 80 investments. For over a decade it has been dedicated to social and environmental criteria, frequently at grass-roots level – a framework unique in Australia and unusual overseas.

The trusts and superannuation strategies have often been among the top quartile of financial performers when included with conventional funds.

 There is consensus that Australian Ethical is the ‘deepest green’ of any SRI fund in Australia. Australian Ethical Investment exists to give investors a choice of fund that combines both financial and ethical considerations.