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2015 Winners and finalists

THE ENVIRONMENT MINISTER’S AWARD FOR A CLEANER ENVIRONMNET

 

 

 

 

Winner

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, NSW

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is an ultra-luxury conservation-based resort located 2.5 hours’ drive from Sydney and situated within the World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains region. Set on a private 7,000 acre carbon-neutral conservation and wildlife reserve, the secluded resort intertwines ultra-luxury and comfort with a quintessentially Australian rugged bush experience.

Much awarded, the resort has built its success upon operating at the highest level of environmental credibility and integrity. The philosophy centres on creating a delicate balance between growth and preservation and this is achieved across all aspects of operations, including sourcing food regionally

Allen Riseley, VIC

Landcare Coordinator, Sport Coordinator and Community Break-out team member, teacher Allen Riseley is a busy man fostering the growth of Mirboo North Secondary College’s students and trees!
Allen Riseley set out with a vision to supply cost price trees to those who couldn’t afford to plant trees on their land. His goal was to teach students how to take a tree from seed to forest- propagate, grow, then plant on the farm and run the operation as a business.

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BANKSIA INTERNATIONAL AWARD

 

 

Winners

Paul Polman, Unilever CEO

Paul Polman has been CEO of Unilever since January 2009. Under his leadership Unilever has an ambitious vision to fully decouple its growth from overall environmental footprint and increase its positive social impact through the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.

Paul actively seeks cooperation with other companies to implement sustainable business strategies and drive systemic change. He is Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable

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BANKSIA EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

 

 

 

 

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ResourceSmart Schools

Sustainability Victoria, VIC

ResourceSmart Schools is fostering strong links between schools and their communities, encouraging student leadership and stimulating parent involvement in sustainability. This Victorian Government initiative, proudly managed by Sustainability Victoria and delivered by partners across the state, is Victoria’s umbrella framework for sustainability education in schools. It is attracting interest from around the world because of the way it delivers measurable environmental benefits and provides young Victorians with the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to make sustainable choices for the rest of their lives.

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BANKSIA FOOD FOR SUSTAINABLE THOUGHT AWARD

 

 

 

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Australian Dairy Industry Council, VIC

The Australian dairy industry is worth $13 billion to the Australian economy and directly employs 43,000 people. Dairy foods, with their rich source of nutrients, have contributed to the health of generations of Australians. In 2014, we produced 9.24 billion litres of milk. We each consumed 106 litres of milk and 13 kilograms of cheese.

A whole-of-chain approachIncreasingly, our customers and the community are demanding proof that we are doing theright thing by people, animals and our planet. Given the complexity of the value chain fromraising and milking cows to producing products, we recognised that a cohesive

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BANKSIA INDIGENOUS LEADERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

 

 

 

 

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Lirrwi Yolngu Tourism Aboriginal Corporation
LIRRWI YOLNGU TOURISM ABORIGINAL CORPORATION, NT

Lirrwi Tourism was formed in 2010 to develop a new economy and travel destination in Arnhem Land through cultural tourism. Lirrwi has experienced rapid growth, and from a small start in 2010 running a few tours to two homelands, will in 2015 deliver 52 tours to corporate groups, schools and consumer tours in 10 homelands. In 2014 a 20-year Masterplan was launched. It has been acclaimed as a visionary new model for Indigenous economic development. The Masterplan is available on Lirrwi’s website lirrwitourism.com.au and is attached to this submission.

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BANKSIA INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

 

 

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The Perth Wave Energy Project
Carnegie Wave Energy Limited, WA

Carnegie Wave Energy is a Fremantle-based, ASX listed wave energy developer focussed on developing its CETO wave energy technology. The CETO technology is capable of producing zero-emission power and directly desalinated freshwater using the energy generated from the ocean’s waves. Carnegie have progressed the technology using advanced computational simulations, wave tank testing, 1/3 scale testing, onshore testing and, most recently commercial scale deployment.

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BANKSIA LARGE BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARD

 

 

 

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Australia Post – embedding environmental sustainability across the business to help our people, customers and community build a better environment
Australia Post, VIC

At Australia Post we recognise that we have a unique opportunity as one of the most highly valued and trusted services in Australian people’s lives, with one of the most significant number of touch points across the country – to not only reduce our impact, but to help our people, customers and community build a better environment.

This includes our operational decisions and initiatives, contributing better efficiencies and productivity outcomes, as well as delivering real value for the community and the environment through products and services that help solve environmental challenges, as well as driving revenue for Australia Post.

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BANKSIA MINDFUL MOVEMENT AWARD

 

 

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UNSW Solar Racing Team Sunswift
UNSW Solar Racing Team Sunswift, NSW

We at Sunswift are a team of undergraduate students at the University of New South Wales who build and race the world’s most advanced solar cars. We aim to push the boundaries of solar technology in order to inspire interest and action in sustainability. We are all volunteers who work tirelessly to redefine the possibilities of sustainable transport.

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BANKSIA NATURAL CAPITAL AWARD

 

 

 

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Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project
Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, TAS

Between 2007 and 2015 the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service undertook the world’s largest island eradication project to remove all rabbits, ship rats and mice from World Heritage-listed Macquarie Island.

Located in the Southern Ocean halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica and 1,500 km from Hobart, Macquarie Island presented numerous challenges in terms of logistics, weather and field operating conditions. Rabbits and rodents had enormous impacts on the fragile environment of Macquarie Island, causing massive loss of vegetation, increased erosion on the steep coastal slopes, and predation on the eggs and chicks of burrowing seabirds.

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BANKSIA SMALL TO MEDIUM BUSINESS LEADERSHIP SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

 

 

 

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Kalleske – Sustainable Pioneers in Organic Wine
Kalleske Wines Pty Ltd, SA

Kalleske Wines is a producer of certified organic and biodynamic wines, situated at Greenock in South Australia’s Barossa Valley. Established in 2002, Kalleske utilises grapes from the family property which has been owned and operated by the family since 1853. It is the oldest and largest certified organic/biodynamic grape-growing and winemaking operation in South Australia.

Kalleske are sustainable pioneers in organic wine. Their farming methods are environmentally and socially friendly. Soils are healthy, no chemical residues, more carbon retention and more biodiversity. It is a healthy vineyard environment for vineyard workers and the naturally made wines are chemical free, healthier to drink.

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BANKSIA SMART TECHNOLOGY AWARD

 

 

 

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A New Generation Flood Emergency Decision Support System – Integration of Natural Hazards Management in Sustainable Growth
Gold Coast City Council, QLD

Principles of sustainability are embraced in a number of the Gold Coast corporate strategies and plans, most notably, Corporate Plan Gold Coast 2020, City Plan 2015, Sustainable Flood Management Strategy.

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BANKSIA SUSTAINABILITY IN DESIGN, BUILD AWARD, A. BUILDINGS, LANDSCAPES AND INFRASTRUCTURE

 

 

 

Winner

Barangaroo Reserve by Lendlease
Lendlease, NSW

Barangaroo Reserve is Sydney’s newest and most spectacular public space.
The sprawling six-hectare headland park is set amongst naturalistic bushland and features a spectacular sandstone foreshore, designed the mimic the original 1836 headland.

The challenge of recreating a naturalistic headland has rarely been attempted anywhere else in the world, let alone in a city the size of Sydney and on the world’s best known harbour.

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B. PRODUCTS FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

 

 

Winner

Fieldtech Solutions
Fieldtech Solutions, VIC

The over use of plastic is a serious problem in almost all parts of our economy. Within the Contaminated Land industry, considerable plastic waste is generated during groundwater and soil sampling. The irony is the industry is adding to this environmental plastics problem while trying to be stewards of our lands. Many of the products are used only once for a few minutes then land filled. These one‐off‐use products will still be here in three hundred plus years. Our philosophy is to not leave the plastic products used by this generation for future generations.

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BANKSIA SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES AWARD

 

 

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Grown & Gathered – Empowering Community Through Sustainable Food Systems and a Bright Future
Grown & Gathered, VIC

Through their business Grown and Gathered, Matt and Lentil Purbrick are providing innovative and multifaceted community programs. Matt and Lentil have taken it upon themselves to educate and demonstrate to people from all walks of life what it really means to eat, farm and live sustainably by connecting with their food community.

On their farm in Tabilk, Victoria, they grow over 500 different varieties of heirloom and wild fruits, vegetables and flowers; raise animals; hunt; forage wild food; make natural preserves, ferments and food – all without generating waste. They deliver their produce, returning with food waste from restaurants and customers to compost and return to the land – which they call closed-loop farming.

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BANKSIA SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT AWARD

 

 

 

Winner

Managing the Swan River During the Development of Elizabeth Quay
Leighton Broad, WA

Leighton Broad (LB) brings together two specialist organisations Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd and Broad Construction to deliver the inlet and public space development works for Perth’s iconic Elizabeth Quay foreshore development.

The Project involves the construction of an inlet, island, pedestrian bridge, ferry terminal, short stay jetties, and public realm that includes a water feature and food and beverage outlets.

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THE RICHARD PRATT BANKSIA CEO AWARD

 

 

 

 

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Winner

Mark Ryan
Tassal, TAS

Mark Ryan is a respected business leader and an economic visionary for Tasmania. Mark is a proud and passionate Tasmanian with a significant belief in the state and its many natural attributes.

One of Mark’s core values is ‘Zero Harm for Everyone, Everywhere’ and his success as CEO of Tassal has been achieved with a strong focus on sustainability.

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