2016 COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP

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Dr Tony Parkes, NSW

Dr Tony Parkes’ dedication to restoring critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest started 25 years ago when he moved to a degraded 42ha ex-dairy farm near Bangalow in NE NSW. The farm was once part of the Big Scrub, the largest area of lowland subtropical rainforest in Australia. Over 99% of the 75000ha Big Scrub has been cleared, leaving less than 100 significant remnants with incredibly rich biodiversity. Tony with expert help has restored rainforest on 14 hectares of his farm Tony helped form Big Scrub Landcare (BSL) in 1992 and has been president since 1993. Outstanding achievements of BSL under Tony’s leadership include: • Rehabilitation work including weed control at over 100 critically endangered rainforest remnants in NE NSW, including 34 public reserves • Helping to protect 35 nationally threatened species • Facilitating the revegetation of 300ha of ex-rainforest land. • Raising more than $2.5 million in grants for rainforest restoration, matched by over $3 million in landholder and partner contributions. • The listing of Lowland Rainforest of Subtropical Australia as a critically endangered ecological community under the EPBC Act. Tony led the team of volunteer scientific advisors who prepared the nomination and contributed to its assessment. • Presenting 17 annual Big Scrub Rainforest Days – one of the largest annual landcare community engagement and education events in Australia with over 23,000 attendees. • Publishing manuals on rainforest restoration and weed identification and control in rainforest. • Working in partnership with over 60 private landholders, NSW NPWS, Councils, Rous Water and others.