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17 October 2010

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SYDNEY, 17 October 2010 - The Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation’s eradication program for one of the world’s worst ant pests, the Yellow Crazy Ant, has won Australia’s most prestigious environmental honour, the Origin Gold Banksia Award.

The Yellow Crazy Ant is an invasive species that has gained a foothold in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, and had the potential to seriously impact natural ecosystems and agriculture from Broome to the East Coast prior to the program’s intervention.

It’s the first time in the awards 22-year history that an indigenous organisation has won the top prize.  The Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation’s program, run in collaboration with CSIRO, Rio-Tinto Alcan and the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, was held up by the judging panel as a nationwide model for effective project collaboration across community, government and the private sector.

Graz van Egmond, Executive Director of the Banksia Environmental Foundation said, “Common themes and trends that emerged this year include a strong emphasis on community, government and industry working together to get things done; brilliantly illustrated by the achievements of the Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation project.”

Additional award highlights include Land and Biodiversity award winners ‘Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth’ program, a government/community partnership run by the Department of Environment & Natural Resources in South Australia to tackle environmental degradation of the river system due to low water levels.

Russell Seaman, Environmental Manager of the ‘Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth’ program also won the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year award for playing a pivotal role in developing innovative and visionary solutions to tackle the lower Murray’s issues such as salinity, acidification, soil erosion, loss of habitat and risk to many species in the region.

The 22 year-old Banksia Awards recognise Australia’s leading environmental or sustainable initiatives across business, government and community organisations, and act as a barometer of change across the sustainability landscape.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:52