Our History

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1989
Banksia Environmental Foundation
was formed.
The Banksia Environmental Awards were
introduced commencing with five categories.
1991
The first Banksia International
Award was presented to the Royal
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
1993
The inaugural Gold Banksia Award
was presented.
Telstra became a Banksia Environmental
Awards supporter, making Telstra the longest
ongoing Banksia Awards supporter.
1994
Parks Victoria became a Banksia
Environmental Awards supporter, making
Parks Victoria the second longest ongoing
Banksia Awards supporter.
2001
The Prime Minister of Australia accepted
the position of Chief Patron of the
Banksia Awards.
The Foundation expanded its award program
to include The Prime Minister's
Environmentalist of the Year Award.
2006
The first DaimlerChrysler Australian
Environmental Research Award was awarded*
*renamed for 2008 program -
Mercedes-Benz Australia Environmental Research Award
2007
The first Banksia People's Choice Award.
2008
The inaugural Environment Minister's Young
Environmentalist of the Year Award.
2009
The Banksia Community Grant was
introduced.
Magda Szubanski accepts position as
Banksia Ambassador.
Banksia takes management of the Brian
Robinson Fellowship.
2013
The inaugural CEOs Award was established.
Three Technical Awards were introduced.