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2 June 2010


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MELBOURNE, 2 June 2010 - The Banksia Environmental Foundation is searching for Australian leaders in sustainability and environmental excellence, following the launch of the 2010 Banksia Awards – Australia’s most prestigious environmental awards series.

The awards are open to business, government and community organisations that have excelled in implementing environmental or sustainable initiatives, with entry packs available for download at

Graz van Egmond, Executive Director of the Banksia Environmental Foundation said, “The Banksia Awards were created 22 years ago to recognise and reward Australian ingenuity in achieving positive environmental and sustainable change.”

“Last year’s winner of the Origin Gold Banksia Award, Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses, demonstrated how sustainable solutions can translate to smart business practice.  They developed a sustainability strategy that slashed power use by more than 60% using heat recovered from baking and pioneered Victoria’s first hybrid-diesel delivery truck.”

There are fifteen award categories for 2010, including Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year, the Origin Gold Banksia Award celebrating the top entry across all categories, the Mercedes-Benz Australian Environmental Research Award and the GPT Group Community Award Grant.

Michael Cameron, CEO and Managing Director of the GPT group, and winner of the 2009 Banksia Large Business Award said: “At GPT we understand the importance of community, which is why our commitment to the Banksia Awards is through the GPT Banksia Community Grant.  Just as we desire that our innovations can be translated into better property development and management around the world, we also recognise that by assisting community groups to develop local solutions their ideas could potentially also translate to a global context.”
The Banksia Awards launch also featured a preview of a unique environmental symphony composed by legendary composer Dr. Allan Zavod, which will be performed for the very first time at the Banksia Awards Presentation at Sydney Town Hall on the 15th October 2010.

Dr Allan Zavod said, “Scientists and politicians have numbed us with their pounding messages. What better way to deliver environmental awareness than through the Arts.”

Award entries close on August 2nd 2010.


For further information contact: Robert Marson, Killer Whale, T: 0404 464 902 or by email

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