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2016 Winners

 

BANKSIA GOLD AWARD

 

 

 

John West Australia:Committed to a sustainable seafood future, VIC

After changing our tuna supply chain to the world’s best standard in sustainability, John West Australia faced another challenge. We had to get Australians to understand what we had done, and see value in the move. Until we did, consumers were unlikely to change their purchasing behaviour. To understand how to best change consumers’ behaviour and attitudes around sustainability, our agency Cummins&Partners looked to consumer psychology and principles of social marketing. The John West Australia MSC campaign launched on the February 3, 2016

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THE ENVIRONMENT MINISTER’S AWARD-COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP

 

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:

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THE ENVIRONMENT MINISTER’S AWARD- RESEARCH & SCIENCE

 

FeralScan by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre, ACT

Introduced pest animals such as rabbits, feral cats, foxes and wild dogs, occur in all areas of Australia and cause over $1 billion damage to agricultural production, biodiversity, threatened species and human health each year. In response, farmers, governments, community, indigenous groups and industry organisations invest millions of dollars trying to reduce the impacts of pest animals, placing further pressure on existing resources and people. The FeralScan Program (available at www.feralscan.org.au and via Smart Phone App) helps to bring citizen science centre-stage with traditional approaches to reduce the impacts of

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BANKSIA INTERNATIONAL AWARD

 

 

 

 Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, AUSTRALIA

Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is the inaugural Director of the Global Change Institute (GCI) and Professor of Marine Science at The University of Queensland.

As the GCI Director, Professor Hoegh-Guldberg engages with the academic community and external stakeholders to create opportunities and build strong external links and networks for the Institute. He also heads a large research laboratory (over 30 researchers and students) that focuses on how global warming and ocean acidification are affecting and will affect coral reefs.

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BANKSIA COMMUNICATION FOR CHANGE AWARD

 

 

John West Australia:Committed to a sustainable seafood future, VIC

After changing our tuna supply chain to the world’s best standard in sustainability, John West Australia faced another challenge. We had to get Australians to understand what we had done, and see value in the move. Until we did, consumers were unlikely to change their purchasing behaviour. To understand how to best change consumers’ behaviour and attitudes around sustainability, our agency Cummins&Partners looked to consumer psychology and principles of social marketing. The John West Australia MSC campaign launched on the February 3, 2016

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BANKSIA FOOD FOR SUSTAINABLE THOUGHT AWARD

 

 

Natural Evolution, QLD

Every week in Far North Queensland 450-500tonne of bananas are wasted due to being out of supermarket specification, or over supply. After suffering devastating losses in 2 cyclones, Natural Evolution was born, creating banana flour from “waste” bananas. In this time Natural Evolution has built a fully pharmaceutical grade green banana processing plant and designed world first technology to take unsalable produce with a few weeks/days shelf life and turn it into high value food sources which can be stored for many years. The company has focused on large output of product with minimal energy use. Natural Evolution has also grown plantations of bananas

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BANKSIA INDIGENOUS LEADERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

 

 

AshOil, WA

AshOil is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation. AshOil’s primary objectives are the provision of training and employment to Indigenous people from the Pilbara region and providing a sustainable Indigenously-owned business. AshOil achieves these objective through the production of renewable fuels, biodiesel, by the conversion of wastes generated in the region. AshOil sells this fuel to Rio Tinto Iron Ore for use in their drill and blast operations. Biodiesel directly offsets diesel consumption. AshOil has extended its operations to include the provision of locally-sourced virgin cooking oil, creating a virtuous circle of recycling.

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BANKSIA LARGE BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARD

 

 

Kathmandu

Sustainability is core to our business. Its part of our products, culture and supply chain. As we love being in the outdoors – its about conserving and caring for our environment. We are a globally leading brand when it comes to sustainability. We recently adopted the Higg Index as part of our core sustainability strategy. This tool allows us to benchmark and assess how we compare to industry peers in environmental and social sustainability.

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BANKSIA LEADERSHIP IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY AWARD

 

 

TIC Group, VIC

As a wholly owned Australian company TIC has embedded circular economy principles in its operation and design for over 25 years, beginning with a world first hanger re-use program for Australian retailers in 1989, to the launch in 2016 of Australia’s first automated mattress deconstruction plant. TIC is committed to offering its Retail customers an option for problem items that would otherwise be considered waste. As company that is built on innovation, TIC creates bespoke solutions that deliver process efficiency, reduces operational costs

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BANKSIA MINDFUL MOVEMENT AWARD

 

 

Sendle, NSW

Sendle exists to make parcel delivery simple, reliable and affordable for the millions of small businesses across Australia. We do this by unlocking big business logistics, and making it available to everyone, to the extent that it is now cheaper to Sendle a parcel direct from your home or office than it is to line up at the post office. We are also Australia’s only 100% carbon neutral delivery service, because we believe that sending a parcel shouldn’t cost the earth. We had three firm objectives in mind when we built the Sendle business. 1. Build a purpose driven company. Small businesses are the powerhouse of the Australian economy, and our passion is helping these small businesses to thrive.

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BANKSIA NATURAL CAPITAL AWARD

 

 

The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor by Carbon Neutral in partnership with Auscarbon, WA

 

Over the past eight years, Carbon Neutral has established innovative large-scale biodiverse reforestation projects extending across 11,700 hectares of the Western Australian wheatbelt – in the process creating Australia’s largest revegetation project based on carbon capture and biodiversity. Carbon Neutral develops biodiverse reforestation projects on degraded, semi-arid agricultural land that no longer supports viable farming practices. The project’s aim is to remove existing carbon from the atmosphere today and to recreate a healthy and functioning landscape, restored after decades of habitat loss and degradation.

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BANKSIA SMALL TO MEDIUM BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARD

 

The Farmer’s Place, VIC

The Farmer’s Place is a small working farm, cafe and farmers market in Freshwater Creek; located twenty minutes from Geelong at the gateway to the Great Ocean Road. The business was founded in 2014 by Robert Pascoe; owner of environmental company Closed Loop, local farmer, entrepreneur and passionate environmentalist. The Farmer’s Place is the realisation of Robert’s dream to create a unique paddock to plate to paddock operation showcasing sustainability and the best local produce our region has to offer. On the property of 40 acres, visitors can see farm animals, raised vegetable gardens and orchards planted with a variety of fruit trees.

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BANKSIA SMART AWARD

 

 

Infratech Industries, NSW

Australia’s first floating solar generation plant has been launched, with further installations to follow. The plant, which floats on a wastewater facility in Jamestown, is the first part of a $12 million, 4 MW system that will cover five basins. Infratech developed the floating system, which took more than three years to design and implement. Flinders University also contributed work on materials, corrosion resistance and energy storage. The project largely sourced its materials within Australia and combats climate change by producing renewable energy at the same time as preventing water evaporation, blue green algae outbreaks and increasing water quality.

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BANKSIA SUSTAINABLE CITIES AWARD

 

 

The 202020 Vision

The 202020 Vision is a mass collaboration of over 350 organisations all on a mission to create 20% more green space in Australia’s urban areas by 2020. It brings together government, business, universities, school and community organisation to create a greener, healthier, happier Australia. The 202020 Vision was developed in response to long term trends toward urban infill that reduce green space in our urban areas and therefore threaten the market for trees and plants. The 202020 Vision has four key audiences:

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BANKSIA SUSTAINABLE AND RESILIENT COMMUNITIES AWARD

 

 

The Manymak Energy Efficiency Project Consortium, NT

The Manymak Energy Efficiency Project worked with six remote Indigenous communities across East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory to improve household energy efficiency through behaviour change education and energy efficient technologies. The Project, which ran from May 2013 to December 2015, was delivered through a consortium including the utility, Indigenous organization, the local shire, the department of housing, university and shire council. The project received funding through the Australian Government’s Low Income Energy Efficiency (LIEEP) Program. Central to the rollout and success of the project was a high degree of engagement and participation with the local Yolngu people.

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