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2012 Land and Biodiversity – Preserving Our Ecosystems

 2012 Land and Biodiversity – Preserving Our Ecosystems

The I-Tracker Initiative: New tools and Knowledge for Better Conservation
North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd., NT

I-Tracker is a revolutionary approach for land and biodiversity management and monitoring by Indigenous Rangers. From its beginnings as part of the award-winning Dugong and Marine Turtle Project, I-Tracker has grown to encompass thirty-eight ranger groups across northern Australia. Rugged touch screen devices empower local rangers by putting customised data collection software directly in their hands. Whereas, the I-Tracker network based at NAILSMA provides ongoing development, support, training, and idea exchange. By using the highly acclaimed CyberTracker software, I-Tracker links Indigenous Australian rangers into an international network of practitioners and supporters. With growing ownership of land by indigenous people, over 36 million ha of conserved land in Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs), and substantial investment by communities and government in Indigenous rangers, the development of new tools and systems to support indigenous conservation and land management efforts is essential to the success of biodiversity conservation across much of Australia. As the northern hub of the Australian Government’s National CyberTracker network, and a partner with over fifteen organisations and government departments, NAILSMA’s I-Tracker project leads the way in Indigenous conservation and land management in Australia.

Comments from Judges

An excellent use of modern technology and a great way to have indigenous land managers involved. It can be applied across a range of biodiversity monitoring projects across a large geographical region, rather than a single species or area. It has transformed the collection or environmental information and the management of environmental and biosecurity issues across the top end of Australia. Most importantly, it has been embraced by Indigenous communities and could be adapted to be used by any community.

2012 Built Environment – Harmonious Manmade Landscapes

2012 Built Environment – Harmonious Manmade Landscapes

Darling Quarter and Commonwealth Bank Place
Lend Lease and Commonwealth Bank, NSW

The Darling Quarter and Commonwealth Bank Place development is unique for its precinct wide social and sustainable initiatives to ensure precinct vitality and longevity. The project is an important example of two major private industry stakeholders, Lend Lease and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. They are working collaboratively with government to push the boundaries and set a new benchmarks for the creation of urban precincts for people to work, visit and enjoy. Commonwealth Bank Place is the largest and most unique commercial office development in the Sydney CBD. The development is located within Darling Quarter, a new 1.5 hectare precinct that includes a playground, retail terrace, children’s theatre and community green . This integrated commercial and public domain development has created one of Sydney’s most vibrant and sustainable precincts and provides a new flagship campus for CBA. The buildings are some of the highest rated large scale buildings by the Green Building Council of Australia and are recognised as world leaders of sustainable design. While innovation and technology have been important factors in the design of the commercial buildings, the Darling Quarter precinct highlights the importance of place making initiatives to ensure long-term activation. The emphasis on social sustainability extends from the interior fit-out concept of Activity Based Working (ABW) through to the public domain.

Comments from Judges

A far-reaching project, not just looking individually at design, construction, operation, local and community impacts, but all of those together – it has strong design, innovative construction, sleek and people-centred operations, and a great sense of community interaction and local benefit. Overall, this is a well thought-through project, communicated well, with a strong sense of ”making things better”.

Indigenous Award – Caring for Country

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Indigenous Award – Caring for Country

I-Tracker Initiative: Best Practice Tools and Partnerships for Indigenous Land and Sea Management

North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd, NT

I-Tracker is a revolutionary approach for land and sea management and monitoring by Indigenous Rangers. Rugged touch-screen field computers empower local rangers by putting customised data collection software directly in their hands, while the I-Tracker network based at NAILSMA provides ongoing development, support, training, and idea exchange. By using the highly acclaimed CyberTracker software, I-Tracker links Indigenous Australian rangers into an international network of practitioners and supporters. Indigenous rangers using I-Tracker take pride in knowing they are using the same state-of-the-art tools and technologies as other land managers across the globe. Originally developed and field tested by a working group of rangers, Traditional Owners, scientists, and government managers, I-Tracker now supports regular patrol activities by Indigenous rangers who are collectively responsible for over 25 million hectares of land and sea country. As the northern hub of the Australian Government’s National CyberTracker Network, and a partner with over fifteen organisations and government departments, NAILSMA’s I-Tracker project leads the way in Indigenous conservation and land management.

Comments from Judges

An innovative use of technology for broad application for geographic and project coverage. The application is clearly being used in a way that is benefiting community at a wider level than originally planned, and has positive outcomes for managing the country. The judges were particularly pleased to see the great connection between technology and its application to care for our country on a multitude of levels. This is a broad reaching project that builds local capacity while providing a range of data to inform management processors, it engages with a large number of Indigenous groups as well as mainstream partners.

Clean Technology – Harnessing Opportunities

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Clean Technology – Harnessing Opportunities

SF6 Recycling Plant

ABB Australia Pty Limited, NSW

ABB Australia Pty Limited, in conjunction with SN2 Pty Ltd has developed a patented technology for the comprehensive recycling of contaminated sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) gas, based on a new energy-efficient cryogenic process. The new technology has been successfully commercialised at a dedicated SF6 recycling plant ABB has established in Sydney, with international applications to commence shortly. The purity of recycled SF6 gas using the newly developed technology is about 99.99 percent and is in accordance with technical grade IEC 60376 (the standard for new gas), which enables SF6 to be reused again and again. Using recycled SF6 gas will help reduce carbon emissions and could result in a cost savings potential of up to 30 percent. In addition, a focus on delivering world best practice gas management of SF6, a high potential global warming gas, also delivers beneficial environmental outcomes. The technology closes the lifecycle of SF6 ensuring a minimal environmental footprint for this gas that is vital for the efficient, safe and reliable transmission of electricity.

Comments from Judges

This technology provides an effective means of recycling SF6. The quality of the recycled SF6 meets that required for the gas insulated switchgear, enabling it to be used without further purification. The new technology has been successfully commercialised at a dedicated SF6 recycling plant that ABB has established in Sydney, with international applications to commence shortly. Using recycled SF6 gas will help reduce carbon emissions and could result in cost savings. The five tonnes of SF6 that has been processed so far has saved nearly 60 million kg of CO2e. The judges commended ABB on a highly skilled technical solution to a problem material that provides environmental and economic benefits.

Agriculture and Food – From Paddock to Plate Sustainably

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Agriculture and Food – From Paddock to Plate Sustainably

OzHarvest

OzHarvest Ltd, NSW

OzHarvest is a food rescue organisation with a dual social impact, ensuring that every day, perfectly good food that would otherwise end up as landfill is delivered to the marginalised and disadvantaged people in our community who need it most. OzHarvest collects leftover food from fruit and vegetable markets, supermarkets, wholesalers, corporate events, caterers, shops, delis and restaurants, and delivers it the same day to over 400 of Australia’s charities. By receiving food free of charge, charities are able to redirect funding to programs assisting those who are disadvantaged or at risk. No storage is required, as the food collected is picked up and delivered the same day using refrigerated van. OzHarvest was founded in Sydney in 2004, beginning with one van and delivering 4000 meals in our first month of operations. Last year OzHarvest delivered enough food to provide 3.24 million meals across Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane and Adelaide, saving over 1700 tonnes of food from landfill and preventing over 2800 tonnes of carbon emissions entering the atmosphere. In addition, OzHarvest has recently launched an online toolkit to teach regional communities how to set up food rescue in their local area.

Comments from Judges

Ozharvest is an initiative of significant social impact that has clearly articulated the environmental and economic impacts. Its amazing reach, its ability to change law and its extension to rural and regional areas truly identifies it as a leader in this sector. The future branding and marketing strategies are addressed to demonstrate the corporate and media branding needed to support the sustainability of this initiative. The judges commended the new program REAP which was supported by very cool web communication and endorsed by the highly reputed Food Industry professionals. Ozharvest provides a practical ”toolkit” to others wanting to set-up their own food bank.

Water – Our Most Precious Resource

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Water – Our Most Precious Resource

Dewfish Demonstration Reach – The fish are Back!

Condamine Alliance, QLD

The Dewfish Demonstration Reach is fast becoming the pride and joy of the Condamine catchment in Queensland. Not only is it Queensland’s first Native Fish Strategy demonstration reach but it is proving that it can bring back the fish. This is great news at a time when native fish populations are down by 90% since European settlement. Determined to restore native fish numbers to 60%, Condamine Alliance developed a river rehabilitation plan and has led a revival mission since 2006 to ‘bring back the fish’. The urgency of the project, together with the community’s high regard for the river, has mobilised and empowered a new generation of river custodians across community, business, industry and government. The enormity of social and economic upshots of the Reach has both surprised and delighted all those involved in this pioneering project. Strong community and industry partnerships have attracted $2 million of co-investment from major players and helped spread the story far and wide. Ask any local and they will be most proud of the return of three native fish species not seen in the catchment for up to 15 years. The Reach may have a simple goal but for this community ‘bringing back the fish’ is a giant battle that must be won.

Comments from Judges

The environmental outcomes are impressive, with wide engagement of stakeholders. The project delivers nationally important outcomes and demonstrated success with well formed and sustained partnerships and high leverage factor from volunteers and co-investors. The judges were also impressed with the degree of public support and community engagement – clearly demonstrating the spirit of success at all levels.

Leading in Sustainability – Setting the Standard for Large Organisations

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Leading in Sustainability – Setting the Standard for Large Organisations

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Here for the Long Haul
Qantas, NSW

At Qantas, we view sustainability as a guiding principle for how we work with our customers and within society as a whole. Over 90 years we have come a long way on our sustainability journey. More than just words on paper, in recent years we’ve made strong progress in reducing our overall environmental impact. We have proactively begun a reinvigorated new era of innovation as we pursue a sustainable path for aviation. Our ambitious sustainability plans are sector leading. We want customers and investors to choose us because of a shared vision of a prosperous and sustainable future. Join us. We’re here for the long haul.

Comments from the Judges

Qantas’ demonstrates the ability to match environmental outcomes with financial benefits for each initiative demonstrating credible leadership. Qantas addresses many important issues across emissions, consumption and ethical purchasing in a thorough manner. Accordingly, the notion of sustainability is embedded in most aspects of the business and Qantas should be commended for this. The judges were excited by the company’s actions which could have a significant influence though impact and education

 

Leading in Sustainability – Setting the Standard for Small to Medium Businesses Award

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Leading in Sustainability – Setting the Standard for Small to Medium Businesses Award

Ecoburbia
Ecoburbia , WA

As caretakers of almost half of Australia’s landmass sheep and cattle farmers know firsthand the importance of a healthy environment. Their commitment to a sustainable future is embodied in Target 100 – an initiative by Australian cattle and sheep farmers, along with their broader industry, to deliver sustainable farming by 2020. Harnessing social media and other communication channels, Target 100 revolves around 100 research, development and extension initiatives that aim to make cattle and sheep farming more sustainable and case studies of individual farmers. Target 100 encourages behavioural change by exposing farmers to the practices of other producers and the latest environmental research by leading Australian universities and research institutions. It is inspiring the adoption of sustainable practices on a growing number of farms. It is also about bridging the city-country divide between those who produce food and those who consume it. Target 100 provides the platform that allows farmers and consumers to directly communicate about environmental and other issues in lamb and beef production. With more than 100 farmers sharing their sustainability efforts on the Target 100 website and 17,000 visits to the site since its launch in March Target 100 is well on its way to achieving its goal of engaging farmers and consumers on the sustainability journey.

Comments from the Judges

The program is not about a one-way flow of information, but rather provides platforms for those interested to directly engage with farmers, industry and other people interested in sustainable food production. This appears to be a world first. Judges all agree that “Target 100 is a step in the right direction and highlights the very best of the Australian industry”.

Education Award – Raising the Bar

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   Education Award – Raising the Bar

Target 100

Meat & Livestock Australia, NSW

As caretakers of almost half of Australia’s landmass sheep and cattle farmers know firsthand the importance of a healthy environment. Their commitment to a sustainable future is embodied in Target 100 – an initiative by Australian cattle and sheep farmers, along with their broader industry, to deliver sustainable farming by 2020. Harnessing social media and other communication channels, Target 100 revolves around 100 research, development and extension initiatives that aim to make cattle and sheep farming more sustainable and case studies of individual farmers. Target 100 encourages behavioural change by exposing farmers to the practices of other producers and the latest environmental research by leading Australian universities and research institutions. It is inspiring the adoption of sustainable practices on a growing number of farms. It is also about bridging the city-country divide between those who produce food and those who consume it. Target 100 provides the platform that allows farmers and consumers to directly communicate about environmental and other issues in lamb and beef production. With more than 100 farmers sharing their sustainability efforts on the Target 100 website and 17,000 visits to the site since its launch in March Target 100 is well on its way to achieving its goal of engaging farmers and consumers on the sustainability journey.

Comments from the Judges

The program is not about a one-way flow of information, but rather provides platforms for those interested to directly engage with farmers, industry and other people interested in sustainable food production. This appears to be a world first. Judges all agree that “Target 100 is a step in the right direction and highlights the very best of the Australian industry”.

2012 Origin Gold Banksia Award

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   The Origin Gold Banksia Award

Target 100

Meat & Livestock Australia, NSW

As caretakers of almost half of Australia’s landmass sheep and cattle farmers know firsthand the importance of a healthy environment. Their commitment to a sustainable future is embodied in Target 100 – an initiative by Australian cattle and sheep farmers, along with their broader industry, to deliver sustainable farming by 2020. Harnessing social media and other communication channels, Target 100 revolves around 100 research, development and extension initiatives that aim to make cattle and sheep farming more sustainable and case studies of individual farmers. Target 100 encourages behavioural change by exposing farmers to the practices of other producers and the latest environmental research by leading Australian universities and research institutions. It is inspiring the adoption of sustainable practices on a growing number of farms. It is also about bridging the city-country divide between those who produce food and those who consume it. Target 100 provides the platform that allows farmers and consumers to directly communicate about environmental and other issues in lamb and beef production. With more than 100 farmers sharing their sustainability efforts on the Target 100 website and 17,000 visits to the site since its launch in March Target 100 is well on its way to achieving its goal of engaging farmers and consumers on the sustainability journey.

Comments from the Judges

The program is not about a one-way flow of information, but rather provides platforms for those interested to directly engage with farmers, industry and other people interested in sustainable food production. This appears to be a world first. Judges all agree that “Target 100 is a step in the right direction and highlights the very best of the Australian industry”.