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2003 BANKSIA ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP IN PROTECTING BUSH, LAND AND WATERWAYS AWARD

 2003 BANKSIA ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP IN PROTECTING BUSH, LAND AND WATERWAYS AWARD

Control of the Yellow Crazy Ant on Christmas Island – Parks Australia and Monash University, VIC

Biological invasions are one of the greatest environmental issues of our time. Christmas Island’s greatest environmental threat is invasion by the yellow crazy ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes). Parks Australia and Monash University designed, developed, and delivered a program to research and control this ant and mitigate its impacts-in close cooperation with industry, Commonwealth and state government departments, academics and the local Christmas Island community. In 2002, these efforts culminated in a aerial control campaign that devastated crazy ant supercolonies on Christmas Island. This ground-breaking program stands as a model for effective partnerships in invasive species management in Australia and elsewhere.

Finalists:

  • Biodiversity – Our Living Future – Coffs Harbour City Council, NSW
  • Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary, VIC
  • Fencing Incentive Scheme – Tasmania – Greening Australia Tasmania, TAS
  • The Arid Recovery Project
  • River Resurrection – Pasminco & the West Coast Council, TAS